WILLITWORK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILLITWORK1 WILLITWORK1'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/ Normal weight. What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257303 I am now in the "normal" weight range for my height. What an odd place to be! I've been Sparking for almost 7 years, and this represents an almost 50lb loss. Now that I'm here, I plan to get on down, at least to the middle of "normal". My goal has certainly shifted to controlling my blood sugars to prevent damaging self. Am thinking I may need to see endocrinologist since I can still very easily go over the top range even with the metformin. Regardless, I'm glad to be where I am! Cheer... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:38:54 EST When the scales fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240564 Today marked the big scale change. Any of you who have balance scales know what I mean Yahooooooo Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:40:01 EST Early ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238470 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df40af35-61d6-4804-9e3a-a6104ddd9b76.jpg"> Early bike ride to Shelley lake and back, stopping to pick up muscadine grapes along the path as I go. This year they will end up at the State Fair as jam and jelly. Here's to first place! Down another couple of pounds. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:50:44 EST Boo hiss boo A1c http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235697 A1c only down to 6! Doc started me on metformin, at my request. Will check again in 4 months. She is proud of my weight loss and exercising-am getting so much stronger, and down almost 19 so far this year-the bulk after going back paleo in July Journey Journey Journey Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:16:22 EST Down again and love my shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227741 last week my chiropractor sent me into the new balance store to see about a knee brace. The store clerk took one look at me and my shoes and told me that I was in the wrong shoe and that my knee pain was probably secondary to the shoes. He put me in a fresh foam shoe which is incredibly light but has plenty of support. The next day I went running and I just could not believe that I had no knee pain. I am completely surprised by this. I've been running in the shoes for a little over a week no... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:01:41 EST Fitbit woes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220832 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5de25ac5-8bd4-4ae5-a7de-114204498158.jpg"> Lost my fb 2 days ago and went through all the finding steps to no avail. Ordered a new Alta last night since the Fitbit company emailed me a 25% discount coupon. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:00:15 EST Running on joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215515 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd15a17b-4d23-4926-aaa0-64f9d3d24f07.jpg"> Since I've been über checking my blood sugars, watching my carbs, and running the neighborhood, my weight keeps falling. I am amazed, to say the least. The neighborhood is VERY hilly and certainly challenging. My running is actually a pitifully slow jog-still I sweat like crazy and feel my muscles working. Ate a hamburger in a low carb wrap and BS went to 199!!! Then I remembered seeing DH load the ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:04:59 EST here again and never far away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210319 Morning, Sparklers, <BR> <BR> Since June I've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes with an A1C of 6.2. Since then I have been obsessively checking my blood sugars. Then, over July 4th weekend, I was introduced to The Low Glycemic Load Diet. Now my vegan ways have gone fairly out the door. With all my trying to control my labs eating vegan, I now realize that the carbs are what's spiking my BS.. So, I'm off all grains and potatoes-no breads, corn, rice, limited beans, and my blood sugars are amaz... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:24:49 EST Still loving my Alta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146385 So today I'm starting cleaning the house at 3,845 steps. Since today involves deep cleaning it will be interesting to see how many steps I gather. 21k on Sunday!! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:16:36 EST Week 2 of Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136863 This is a handy little toy. It cheers me on during the day-like,"Give me 146 more steps!" Plus I've gone over the 10k steps per day. Down a couple more pounds, but that is in keeping with acting with willingness. Cheers for today to all!!!! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 06:38:41 EST Running in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133079 Or at least in the spitting mist. My Fitbit is a joy! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:30:26 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131569 Tracked 15k steps by jogging and later mowing. Know that today is work-lots of sitting but some wandering around as well. Acting with willingness to track my foods today-takes courage and commitment and perseverance. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:59:18 EST Bought a Fitbit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129927 Yesterday I got an Alta at the mall-believe in shopping locally-it's pretty cool even for a geek less soul. It reads my text messages and tells me who is calling, tracks my everything and tells me how I'm doing. It's a bit like wearing a coach. Of course, this is all new and exciting today. Need to figure out syncing with Spark. Eating healthy!! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:48:40 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127182 Day 2 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:31:45 EST Never far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126247 I'm never far from Spark Still holding on to my initial weight loss and still needing to get back to heading down the road to success! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:29:46 EST Difficult day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990741 so much going on in Raleigh and the world at large. However, I know 2 things: Over eating never solves anything. One can't wait for a peaceful day to start to eat healthy-it never comes. So, prayers for all the difficulties, and hope and courage to walk well through them. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:57:54 EST TOPS and a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990141 i went back to TOPS on Tuesday for the first time in 20years. What fun! Plus I've enlisted a dear friend to check on me daily. Accountability! And, of course, Spark is the glue. I'm so jazzed! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:45:14 EST This day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974606 Happy Sunday!! Yesterday was a super fast paced, super fun day at work followed by super sugar intake=crash!!! Hubby has this nasty virus so we stayed home from church. Think I might go on The Great Greenway Muscadine Search! Smoothies to follow Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:14:55 EST back again again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964789 so...............here I am again <BR> Still doing the vegan thing but needing more structure to limit my calories. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad SPARK is always here Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:29:18 EST doing the veggie thing. Amazed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795978 Since I got home I also got the flu. All I can figure is that somewhere between Louisiana and here there were about a million people-AKA Atlanta airport. Honestly, walking through that place is like walking though a sea of humans. I'm coming back from my 101.2 fevers, aches and all that is left is this wicked cough and tiredness. Slowly, slowly getting back to walking on the Greenway. No running yet. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm at my lightest in 4 years. Honestly, I can't hardly wrap my head aro... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:19:58 EST And, gone again. Vegan anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784245 I've been taking care of my mama for almost 2 weeks now and plan to fly back to Raleigh next Sunday. She is a fabulous and healthy cook. Having to deal with needing a pacemaker and then a trip back to the hospital with complications, has meant I've either cooked or dined out too much of the time. Glad she is back in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Spent the afternoon with a dear childhood friend who is also an infectious disease MD, and for the last 2 years, a vegan. How did I not know that. She enco... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:23:57 EST home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754932 after 2 weeks of caring for elderly and eating hospital food and gaining 4 pounds, I'm back again and on the Greenway and eating healthy. I guess if I had to live out of a hotel and eat out as a career, I would figure that out. I also know that there are tons of lessons here at Spark that address those issues. Just haven't accessed them. <BR> <BR> Feels so good to be jogging and biking again! And to get back to my real job. <BR> <BR> Happy sparkling day to all. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:42:42 EST morning on the greenway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739895 wow did we have rain yesterday! <BR> <BR> Good gentle moving along the greenway-enjoying this cooler air and the freshness of the foliage. <BR> <BR> Healthy foods planned and a fun evening with friends. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:27:42 EST thursday lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735862 this morning on my way home from my walk, I picked a cucumber, a green pepper, a red tomato and a handful of herbs. Lunch is just a few chops away. <BR> <BR> Nurturing this good gift this day Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:09:12 EST Back to worship today for the first time in a couple of months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728463 The meditation of my heart be pleasing to YOU! <BR> Oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer! <BR> <BR> How lovely to be back and make it through and thoroughly be comfortable and enjoy worship. <BR> <BR> Did a short jog before (2.4 miles) and this afternoon I did trim and mow the front yard and do a bit of weeding in the flower beds. Now to rest and enjoy the fruits of my labor----fresh picked tomato <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:45:59 EST doc visit #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726135 Saw Gastro-guy Monday and we are trying the first antibiotic for the second time. He is still putting his brain on an infection, not diet related. We will see. The next step is evaluating for colitis or some such. Even though he didn't think this was food intake related, I'm planning on continuing the low FODMAP reasoning within the confines of a limited short chain carbohydrate healing food plan. It certainly can't hurt! It can only help. <BR> <BR> Today I jogged the farthest in what seems... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:28:29 EST doc visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722690 Saw doc yesterday. Monkeying with meds a bit. She asked if FODMAP was helping and I said that I didn't think so................. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Went to Salsa Fresh for lunch for staff and brought home a chicken quesidilla (sp?) to share with MIL.. It had a flour tortilla wrap. Also, I had onions, garlic, and guacamole. The avocado is a no-no on low FODMAP. Boy did I turn into a cranky fuss! That was amazing. I'm not naturally a cranky fuss-and there was nothing for me to be cranky ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:31:17 EST hangeth thou in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719715 better and better <BR> mowed the front yard today <BR> energy returning...................YAAY!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:26:52 EST Awful awful awful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713952 Well, I just thought I was being so smart! Since I haven't been absorbing my green or really any veggies I figured I would Vitamix them. Blended zucchini, spinach, celery, and carrots and put this into ice cube trays to use them in future protein drinks. Kept out a couple of cups to enjoy right then. <BR> <BR> A few hours later I had the absolutely worst cramping and d in the last 9 weeks!! So I guess if my body doesn't or can't absorb these veggies whole, it REALLY can't tolerate them blen... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:55:09 EST One month in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713315 One month in and 12# down. This low carb FODMAP combo continues. Wish I could say I was all well, and I am getting better. Some energy returning bit by bit. <BR> <BR> Made chicken soup with bok choy for dinner last night. Yum! Different not cooking with loads of garlic and onions. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:18:05 EST Thought my first day of low carb FODMAP combo was a success until.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710373 Until I looked at the whey protein powder I used and the vitamin D that I took and realized that both contained soy. Yesterday, before I chewed my calcium chews, I stopped to look at the ingredients. Good gravy! Can't use those for now. <BR> <BR> And the spray for cooking-soy! It's everywhere. <BR> <BR> So back to the store today to get alternatives. Cooking a couple of dishes for a covered dish get together tonight. Will have to have something I can eat, right!!!! Have already started a b... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:17:43 EST Happy first of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708142 Still in the Smokies. Amazing beauty here, but ready to get back home to print out all I need to try this FODCAP. This little phone is just not big enough for me. I's much rather hold a document. Meanwhile I'm gluten free and fruitless. Well I was basically that way before! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:08:34 EST FODMAP here I come. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707411 Wonderful long visit and physical with GP yesterday. Labs on Monday. She recommended the FODMAP diet. Sounds very reasonable. Let's go!! Sat, 31 May 2014 10:52:43 EST Blessed Memorial Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703402 We would not, any of us, have what we have, if not for the brave and some not so brave souls that have done the fighting. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:00:30 EST 2 week streak and down 7.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701405 Well, I can hardly believe it................... <BR> <BR> I need to learn more about primal/paleo as well. Having been essentially gluten free with the low carb thing, I'm now considering staying there. Maybe my gut will heal better without the wheat. <BR> <BR> May even try life without dairy although I do love my cheese, yogurt and especially my morning coffee with half and half. <BR> <BR> I feel so NOT deprived that I want to be careful that I don't limit myself into misery-because I k... Fri, 23 May 2014 10:42:57 EST 12 day streak!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700001 I'm still amazed how this is going. Down 6.25 pounds. Still building up activity. Today I slow jogged about 2 miles. I have some gardening planned for this afternoon as I watch 2 little boys then. Though they might like getting dirty..Better ask the mom. <BR> <BR> Rejoice in your friends and family! <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:25:41 EST 8 DAY STREAK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696861 Today is day 9 of being basically gluten free and low carb. The easy thing is that this has been easy! I don't feel deprived one bit. I can look at all those crunchy munchy sweet and salty bombs and be, "No, thanks." Not a scream in my head! Oh, and down 5 pounds. I know that rate isn't going to hold, but it is encouraging to me. <BR> <BR> I wonder which is helping more-the low carb or the gluten free. They basically go together, don't they? They cause me to eat much more veggies. Know that ... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:24:58 EST morning morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694689 up early <BR> <BR> today is a day of service..........many stops to make, some quite difficult, before my day ends. <BR> <BR> in the midst of this I have gone low carb, again, and I feel wonderful. After 5 days my weight is at its lowest in 2 years and my screaming hunger is gone. <BR> <BR> me=happy! Wed, 14 May 2014 08:01:54 EST first day back to mostly jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688707 early morning and out to run(jog-honestly, most people can walk faster than I jog) but this morning I did much more jogging than walking. It feels so good to be moving again! <BR> <BR> Early to work too. Inservice this morning. Always, always something to learn. That's a good thing! <BR> <BR> Happy Sparkling Day! Tue, 6 May 2014 08:09:46 EST strapped on the tracker and went out into the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687919 and walked the dogs and mowed the yard and planted phlox and a lovely lemony cedar tree. <BR> <BR> Now to clean up and meet the rest of my day.. <BR> <BR> I am feeling accomplished!! Mon, 5 May 2014 10:23:44 EST got out and ran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686961 Not much time this morning before church but I got out and RAN 1.5 miles... well, not all of it. I did take a couple of walking breaks but the bulk was running, some of it flat out! It feels sooo good to be moving along through the trees, watching the water. <BR> <BR> Maybe mowing is in my future. <BR> <BR> Lovely day to you Sparklers! Sun, 4 May 2014 07:50:55 EST new tracker old tracker...........just tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686299 So, the day after finally ordering a new tracker-this time with the shiny cover instead of the mat black, my brother in law hands me the old one. It was in the back floor of the car. Some how it must have fallen out of my pocket and I never knew it. When I told dh, he just said that now I would have a spare....plus now I have 2 new batteries. Regardless, I'm glad to have my little buddy strapped back on. I will try to be much more careful to clip it on instead of just placing it in a pocket. ... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:50:09 EST ordered new spark tracker-happier days ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680780 what a ride <BR> <BR> I lost my spark tracker last week and it was really the only thing that has been tethering me here. I have now officially been sick for 7 weeks. Now, culture results are in and I'm on meds. My hope and prayer is that health is in front of me. <BR> <BR> Today the crowd of family arrive and we have a week of celebrating ahead. Hosting this should be fun but I'm just so stinking tired. <BR> <BR> Still Spark is always here. I say I'm not tethered but I am. There is alway... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:47:19 EST day 4 how do I count these??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665529 I will call today day 4 and just see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Have had a very upset tummy since last Monday. Immodium has become my friend. AND according to The Peoples Pharmacy nutritional healing, coconut macaroons are healing. I made some on Tuesday and am doing 2 per day. It seems that whenever I get back on track with my mind, my body derails this. What am I supposed to think about this? <BR> <BR> Will also get more Activia today and try to do 3-4 per day. That should help. <BR> <BR> Ex... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:53:50 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662349 Now a streak of 2 days.. How funny! <BR> Still no where near being back to my morning 3 +miles of running but I'm working on it. Planning on mowing today. <BR> Happy Sparking! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:59:15 EST Day 2 of Spark streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661468 Yesterday I Sparked. Yes, I really did. <BR> I'm using the MPT to motivate, center, and contain me. <BR> Happy day to all and see you tomorrow. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:03:41 EST ready to camp............rats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653771 I'm ready to hit the camping trail. But today is a work day. I love my work, don't get me wrong, but the Spring is here and outside is where I want to be. <BR> <BR> Alternative plan.........get the gardens going. Now there is a healthy activity. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was wonderful, ate fairly well and walked 4.8 miles <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:55:01 EST wild week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653015 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Back on the trail this morning after too long being gone. I love days that aren't absolutely crammed with activity.. I love being about to flow through time without monitoring my watch constantly. This may be one of those days, sort of............... <BR> <BR> Have a healthy breakfast planned then off to the grocery with MIL. That should be FUN, seriously. <BR> <BR> Late lunch out with friends. Now I just need to plan it to be heart healthy. <BR> <BR> Best of days... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:44:48 EST Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642741 I'm here in mind if not in presence. But my mind is telling me that my presence needs to match. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:18:23 EST still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614766 I'm being a bit, well, more than a bit lazy about being here but everyday I'm here in my mind. Thoroughly enjoying going through 100 Days book with MIL. There are such nuggets of wisdom that I've somehow missed all these years! <BR> <BR> Just back from my morning run. Only 2.4 this morning. But how lovely it was. Cold enough not to sweat too much. <BR> <BR> Continuing to be grateful for this community Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:48:33 EST