TINYRN2011's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TINYRN2011 TINYRN2011'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/ All done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636001 Well, it's been just over 2 weeks since my left kidney got a new home. I spent an extra day in the hospital, due to some low BP problems, but I am slowly healing now. <BR> <BR> I've been walking 15 minutes a day, spread out over 3 walks. I am sore and my skin is sensitive in weird places. It's been harder to adjust to moving slower and modifying everything I do than I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> I had to get one of those reacher/grabber things, as I'm not allowed to bed over or reach a... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:59:15 EST It's on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610649 I got a call a day or two after my last post. My donation surgery is on February 13th! I was hoping to do it on Valentine's Day, but oh well. <BR> <BR> As it gets closer I get more anxious, but that won't stop me! I am worried about a troublesome, but hopefully minor, tooth abscess. I went for a cleaning last week and apparently the spot on my gum that my tongue has been fiddling with was caused by a HEALTHY piece of air-popped popcorn! I'm on antibiotics now, and I let my transplant coordi... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:46:49 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594182 Well, It's almost a month since my last update. I'm stiull at about the same weight. I've slipped back into some bad eating habits, and am more sporadic about my exercise than I would have hoped at this point. As I said last time, it can only get better. I think my problem is that I am constantly stressed about work. Not that I have too much, but that I am not working enough. When I first started, I was working two and three days a week most weeks. Now I'm lucky if I work two days per pay per... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:30:27 EST Waiting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565851 So, as you all know, I've been on the journey to donate my kidney to someone in need. <BR> <BR> Last week, I went down to UCSF for phase II testing. Day 1 was a meetup with a transplant surgeon. Since, I've done my homework, and also an RN, I only had a couple of quick questions for him. He did tell me that he may not be my doctor; it depends on what day I come in. No big deal in my opinion, though he was nice. <BR> <BR> My second appointment was with the psychiatrist. I wasn't nervous, bu... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:44:37 EST It's that time again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535191 Ok, all us women know what I'm talking about. I abhor this time, and it just seems to be getting worse lately. I'm hoping some of you readers have some tips or tricks I can use! <BR> <BR> The back pain, since yesterday has been horrible! I was going to go for a quick walk, but other than running a few errands, I just couldn't do it. I did take some Tylenol earlier, and that took the edge off. I even tracked down a heating pad. Any other ideas? <BR> <BR> On a side note, I've been emailing ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:01:16 EST Ugh...the waiting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531316 So I gained this week. No big surprise here. Even though I have been walking. I haven't been doing the distances I normally do. I also indulged in junk food yesterday. I knew the scale wouldn't be pretty this week. I'm sort of ok with it. <BR> <BR> Even though today, Sunday, is usually a 'goof-off' day for me, I went for a quick walk this morning. I also didn't go shopping, so abstained from getting, and eating, the junk food I normally do. This is just a bump in the road! <BR> <BR> I'm on... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:00:19 EST Onward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523389 Well, I just spent an hour plus on the phone with the living donor advocate/social worker. She was awesome! I guess I'm getting closer to dontion, though I haven't specifically heard that the tests I've done so far (all the body fluid ones) are good or bad yet. I only have an EKG, chest x-ray and another female-oriented one to go. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose anything last week, and I hope I lose a little this week. I have not been walking at all, except at work, and it's been a slow week at tha... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:37:44 EST It is that time of year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516154 So, I was a good girl and walked down to the lab to get my blood drawn this morning. They took like 10 or 11 vials! I've got most of the blood work out of the way now; all that's left is the 'fun' stuff. I have the giant orange jug sitting here, as well as 2 cards. I'll not say what those are for (especially if you are eating right now!). There's still a bunch I need to do, but those will happen over the next few weeks. The part that's going to take the longest is seeing my local doctor to ge... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:47:30 EST Ready, set, go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511158 I had a really busy day at work yesterday, even though we only had 2 patients. After they were gone, we had to get ready for a farewell party for one of he docs. I was smart, and even though I didn't get lunch, I went home around 3:30 and ate a nice meal and went back for the party at 5. There was a lot of food, and though most of it would have been fine for me to nibble on, I stuck to water. At the end of the evening, I treated myself to a little brownie...yum! <BR> <BR> Today, I had off, ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:47:49 EST Things are moving in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508278 I was supposed to have today off, so I got up and went for a walk. It was later than normal (I could not for the life of me fall asleep last night), so I only went out for a half hour. Came home showered, made coffee. Then the phone rang...work needed me, so in I went. <BR> <BR> Luckily, my boss was able to cover me at the end of the day so I didn't miss my call from the transplant coordinator. She called, later than I expected, and we spoke for about 40 minutes. I was worried that some thin... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:54:23 EST So excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507347 It's been months since I made a post. I figured that most of the people on SP who read blogs, would not have read anything new, so why should I add to the virtual 'clutter'? <BR> <BR> I will say that while I had gained a few pounds back after losing 11 pounds, I have now lost about 12 pounds. I can't say I've been really good. I don't exercise a bunch, but I am really consistent about tracking what I eat...good and bad (which seems to be creeping back a bit more lately). Part of that mental... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:29:56 EST Self-sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460957 I did it again. I really am my own worst enemy. <BR> <BR> Monday started off poorly. The alarm went off at 0500 with me having had a very restless night. I ate a healthy breakfast (which in retrospect should have been a bit larger; it was around 150 calories. <BR> <BR> Work was fine, but shorter than planned since two patients cancelled. I was home by about 1230 and made a health salad with a few ounces of chicken. I was exhausted and hot (it was very humid and about 95). I ate my salad, a... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:34:52 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444047 Yes, it's my birthday. I have already given myself a gift! I got up and took a walk. I conquered the hill that gave me pause a few weeks ago. Oh, I was huffing and puffing when I got to the top, but I also had a nice sunrise to look at! <BR> <BR> Mom left yesterday. I am glad to report that I am down a pound for the week! This includes eating out at various places, but coupled with a ton of walking! On Friday we got in about 6 miles! The dog, and my 78 year old mother, were both troopers. Se... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:36:16 EST Gained a pound, and some insight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436047 Well, it was bound to happen. I knew it would come, and though I feel bad, I don't (and won't let myself) feel devastated about it. <BR> <BR> The simple truth is, this plan works, if you follow it! I've been great at tracking and have upped my exercise greatly. I neglected to find out the nutrition information of a few not so healthy things I bought on Friday (read my previous blog for details). I guesstimated the calories; guess I was off! <BR> <BR> Today is a new day, and that won't happ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:53:43 EST Apparently I'm a stress eater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434590 So, the day started off great and full of potential. I went for what ended up to be a 32 minute walk. Came home, showered, made a smoothie for breakfast. The whole day was going to be about getting things done. <BR> <BR> I was actually looking forward to my annual physical, so I could let them see that I had lost weight (even though those office scales lie!) I ran a few errands before heading there, and got there about 10 minutes prior to my appointment. <BR> <BR> Much to my surprise the wo... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:55:04 EST My motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429655 This is going to be a quick blog, I think. I'm writing because it is my SC activity for the day. I wasn't going to do it, but I like to do what I'm told (mostly). <BR> <BR> My motivation for getting healthy is twofold. On paper, I keep mentioning the fact that I want to lose weight and exercise, so that I can set a good example for my patients. This is true, but in the long run, I don't think it would stop me from sliding back into old habits. <BR> <BR> The true and insightful reason, is, ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:34:35 EST Make Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428188 There's a song by the rock band Incubus titled 'Make Yourself.' It's been a while since I've listened to it, but it ran through my head as I was lying in bed this morning. I don't even know if the lyrics are motivating, but it's the title that made me pause. <BR> <BR> I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning. I don't sleep well on most nights, and I knew that I need to go to bed early tonight, as I have to get up around 4:30am on Monday, so that added to almost instant stress when I fi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:36:07 EST Is my body fighting back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425808 Just so you know, I joined SP about 3 weeks ago. I'm doing ok, but I think my body has another idea! Don't get me wrong, I've been losing weight, and I am feeling better about myself. I definitely can't complain, but it seems my body is, and at weird times to boot! <BR> <BR> I get cravings for things at odd moments. Not the usual, sitting on the couch times either (try discharging a patient and thinking about bagels?!...I don't know why)! One calf muscle spoke out VERY loudly while I bringin... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:08:06 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420944 Well, the started off reasonably well. I slept horribly, but managed to have a light but decent breakfast. I also did day 1 of the fit and firm DVD I received the other day. Then, as usual I went off to do a few errands and grocery shop for the week. <BR> <BR> I was so exhausted by the time I got to the grocery store I put a few things in the cart that I shouldn't have. I then bought them, took them home and almost devoured them. I wasn't even particularly hungry. That is what makes me feel ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:03:12 EST My love/hate relationship with the grocery store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420068 We all have to eat. I know this, and my stomach knows this too! Sometimes, it speaks louder than my voice! <BR> <BR> I've always loved shopping for groceries. Don't ask me why, I don't even like to cook! Maybe it's all the interesting shapes and colors; the possibilities inherent in all those raw ingredients. I know I just said I don't like to cook a second ago, but I LOVE to eat! I might even consider myself a 'foodie' even. If I ever won the lottery, the first thing I'd do is hire a perso... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:55:11 EST Time Flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418130 It's hard to believe that six days have passed since I made my last entry. It's also hard to believe that I am six days closer to being the kind of person who can be proud of herself! I have been religiously tracking my food and exercise. I am checking in daily to Spark Coach as well. I really like the motivation it gives me! <BR> <BR> I mentioned to a coworker about SP, in passing, and also mentioned the few pounds I had lost so far. I didn't get much of a response (granted we were pretty b... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:14:20 EST What a difference a day makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412258 It's early on Saturday, but I've already done my workout! Since it's been so hot around here, I've been getting up earlier that I usually do. <BR> <BR> Today I grabbed my iTouch, which doesn't have a ton of songs on it (I am technically challenged!), and decided to walk over to the track. It's about a 15 minute walk. I get there, and what do you know? I get to the couch to 5k track! (ok, I had to skip a song or two). <BR> <BR> I found it free online, and it's a UK version; her voice is soot... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:20:30 EST not RED, WHITE but BLUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410932 I really don't want to be a downer to anyone, and maybe that's part of my problem. It's a national holiday, I'm off work, and doing absolutely nothing. My excuse is, it's too hot to go anywhere. I don't drive much, because of my eyesight, and oh, I really don't have any close friends (that are nearby). My closet family is 3 hours away. <BR> <BR> I'm a happy person when I'm at work or out doing errands, but I'm mostly a homebody. I think it all started when I started getting healthier back a... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:38:45 EST Work, a necessary evil. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408796 Today was a short work day for me, but I survived the gauntlet of junk food that is usually sitting around. Actually, today it wasn't even visible, so that made it much easier. I brought an apple for a snack, and I knew I'd be going home in time for lunch. Was too busy to eat the apple, so brought it home home a snack later! <BR> <BR> I haven't mentioned SP to anyone at work yet, and I don't really know how to bring it up. Should I just tell them or wait until someone brings the diet topic u... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:57:39 EST First week down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406760 Well everyone (or me, since I think I'm the only one who reads this), I did it! I committed to something for a whole week, and it paid off. I lost 2.8 pounds. I am really shocked. I spent the better part of the week preparing to be ok with myself if I lost a pound or less. <BR> <BR> I didn't go crazy or anything today either. I mean I used to have the mindset that I could have a slack day and not pay attention to what I was putting in my mouth. I'm sure I may fall back into that patterns a t... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:56:38 EST Sleep, oh how I love you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405548 Well, night 2 of cruddy sleep! I also felt a little under the weather this morning, so I didn't go for a walk. I did manage 17 minutes of Wii Fit, and then walked a few blocks to peruse the farmer's market. Now I'm in and hiding from the heat. <BR> <BR> Why is my sleep so screwed up? I mean, I know I take sleep meds, but not every day. Usually I'm a once a week pill taker. I thought exercise was supposed to make your sleep better? <BR> <BR> My food tracking and food choices have been good.... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:23:38 EST Just Keep Swimming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403896 I'm tired. I think it's the heat. I don't like the heat. I am also NOT going to use the heat as an excuse to not exercise. Since I wake up early habitually, I plan on getting in a few mile walk tomorrow morning. Who knows I might even throw in a 10 minute video I've seen around here! <BR> <BR> Even though this is my first week here, I feel like I've learned a lot about myself. I now know that I need variety to keep me engaged and interested. I also know that I'm still hungry late in the afte... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:49:17 EST Ode to my stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401488 I'm hungry. I can't deny it or wish it away. Yes, water helps for a while, as does some baby carrots and celery. I also tried jogging around my living room during commercials (it's rainy outside). <BR> <BR> It could be my GERD, but my stomach seems to be more vocal than usual these past few days. I don't know how to quiet it. I'm one of those people who, when I'm eating breakfast, I'm thinking about lunch (and a snack). I hope that this can/will change. I feel discouraged; it's only day 2,... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:15:07 EST Patting myself on the back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399374 Just typing in the title of this entry gives me pause. I NEVER praise myself. The more I think about this, the more I realize that I need to start doing that on a regular basis. I need to notice the little things, acknowledge them, and give myself a mental pat on the back. This act alone, may just lead to a new way of life for me; no matter how hard it seems for me to do so. <BR> <BR> Today was grocery shopping day. I bought fresh fruit and some veggies. I didn't buy any crackers or pretzels... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:03:24 EST A New Day...tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398534 How many times have I procrastinated in my life? I'm sure it's more than I can count in one sitting! Well, I'm hoping that here I can become accountable for my actions (on taking no action) to get me on the path to better health. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my usual grocery shopping day, and it fills me with dread. I hate to cook, so I usually buy frozen meals. I know they aren't the healthiest, but what can I do? I am definitely going to start my Fast Break Goals by buying fresh fruit and veggie... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:44:05 EST