WIZKEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIZKEY WIZKEY'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/ What is Your Heart Anchor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332439 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e405f64f-3f0d-44f0-b456-cb6cf711b8c5.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7647a572-dd17-446e-bd91-e530a1c8b287.jpg"> <BR> The end of 2015 my friend Debbie had major surgery to remove a large, (benign) tumor that was wrapped around her mesenteric artery. She was thrilled to have the tumor out, but a side effect of the surgery was (and continues to be) that her body doesn't seem to want to keep food down. After a couple of... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:24:49 EST Shrimp Egg Foo Yung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327807 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f427df07-142f-4f65-bbb1-5892269dae73.jpg"> <BR> I have loved egg foo yung ever since I was small. My parents made Chinese dinner at home once or twice a month. In 1970s Caucasian America, that meant canned Chun King chicken chow mein with crunch chow mein noodles, frozen Chun King egg rolls (like a Totino's pizza roll but with egg roll filling) and egg foo yung my stepdad made from a frozen mix. <BR> <BR> It's funny, because I hated eggs when ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 16:02:30 EST One Pan Roasted Cauliflower wit Lemon Rosemary Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323511 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eee217d-3576-4059-a02e-808d01e82df8.jpg"> <BR> One day I opened the crisper drawer and was presented with an almost week old head of cauliflower. It was okay, but it sure wouldn't last another day. I had to think of something to do with it, and fast. <BR> <BR> Since I quit my job and moved to Oregon, I have been busier than ever. I love to cook, but there are some days when I just need a really simple idea. My favorite type of cauliflower is... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:57:35 EST Corrected Link to My Anxiety Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317928 <link>http://bit.ly/2l6LfgK </link> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:12:51 EST Check out My Anxiety Article in Thrive Global http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317485 I'm so excited!! My article about anxiety was published today on Thrive Global. Check it out!! <BR> <BR> <link>https://journal.thriveglobal.com/fiv<BR>e-things-ive-learned-from-living-with-<BR>anxiety-4c4f2e404429#.29l7xm4nk </link> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:47:22 EST Not Enough Spoons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/313f9ff0-0d45-41c8-85da-da3c33d7d7d4.jpg"> <BR> Two days after Thanksgiving I hit a wall. I woke up in the morning, fed the dogs and went straight back to bed. Slept another hour and a half, then got up for an hour. After that I did manage to finish a 1500 word article and write one whopping paragraph in my new book, but other than that, I pretty much laid around. I felt like a slug. <BR> <BR> Truth be told, I knew this day was coming. I coo... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:07:30 EST Change Is Painful, But ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287757 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df26d8c3-0615-4d7a-ac7c-3da99f64b4ce.jpg"> <BR> A lot of changes have happened for my family in the past year. The biggest change happened a little over a month ago. I quit my job and Art, Bud and I packed up the dogs and moved to Oregon. We are currently living with Art's parents, while looking for jobs and housing. <BR> <BR> Even though this was a planned move, it was still a gigantic leap of faith and has been very scary. Moving away from a... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:11:39 EST Strawberry Banana Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287268 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c790889e-8e3c-4e7c-b736-f4fc344c8c26.jpg"> <BR> Strawberry Banana Oatmeal <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1/2 whole milk <BR> 1/2 cup water <BR> 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1/2 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 1/8 tsp. cinnamon <BR> pinch of salt <BR> 1 cup of sliced strawberries <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Bring milk and water to a boil. <BR> <BR> Add oatmeal, banana, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. <BR> <BR> Cook, stirring occasi... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:21:13 EST Living a Grace Filled Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281926 I have always wanted to be more graceful. Not in a ballerina/ballroom dancer sort of way, although I can be quite a klutz. No, I mean a person living a grace filled life. Someone you are drawn to because she knows how to handle things without losing it. You just know you could cry on her shoulder and she wouldn't complain that you got mascara on her best white shirt. Instead, she would dry your tears and leave you feeling like you could conquer the world. Do you know who I mean? I'm su... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:50:11 EST 7 Steps for Managing Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281065 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b54b132-028a-4651-a572-5f75152fdb78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have talked openly about my issues with anxiety in the past <link>teressamorris.com/2013/03/17/comfort<BR>able-in-my-own-skin/ </link> . If you suffer from an anxiety disorder as well, you will find that the first step to overcoming anxiety is to learn to manage it. <BR> <BR> If you're not sure what you're dealing with, anxiety is defined as: <BR> <BR> a nervous disorder characte... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:58:11 EST Oatmeal Cranberry Butterscotch Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280472 I wrote a post on my other blog, a while back, to promote a2 milk. It's not lactose-free, but it does help those of us who might have some tummy troubles with dairy products. As part of that post, I created a recipe for cookies, that I'm sure my Sparkfriends will enjoy. They have lots of fiber, but they are also calorie laden, so eat in moderation!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/768356af-4fe3-47cd-a651-423f74a41349.jpg"> <BR> Oatmeal Cranberry Butterscotch Cookies <BR>... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:48:11 EST Where Do You Draw the Line? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209862 As some of my Sparkfriends know, my son is an addict/alcoholic. He went through outpatient rehab and seemed to be doing well. He got a job and made some new friends. Then he lost his job because he couldn't keep up with the pace( bussing in a busy, touristy restaurant). About two weeks after that we discovered he was drinking again. I'm sorry to say we believed him when he said he had it under control. I told him we would not buy his alcohol. <BR> Then one night I got up around 1 in the... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:17:50 EST Veggie Lentil Quinoa Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157967 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb5eb83e-8130-4e25-b919-93f6614fb9ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was reading the Sparkpeople blog a few weeks ago and came across a link to a recipe on Thrive Market. The recipe was for a yogi bowl. I was intrigued by the idea of a vegetarian "energy" bowl. I didn't have all the ingredients in the Thrive Market recipe, so I tinkered with it a bit, and came up with a Veggie Lentil Quinoa Bowl. This recipe made 3 meals for me and it tasted even better... Sat, 7 May 2016 01:35:37 EST My Top Six Superfoods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146579 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f3ed755-6687-453f-94d9-396370e62a66.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is the secret to a long and healthy life? Part of the answer lies in the food we eat. Superfoods are one term you might have read. But what does it mean? <BR> <BR> Superfoods are nutrient dense, which means that they have a lot of nutrients, but relatively low calories. They also pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating superfoods may reduce the r... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:02:44 EST Tropical Kale Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142385 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6586f33a-5fd0-4a98-87f4-5d80b0b4afa1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a big fan of kale, especially if it's cooked and crispy (Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins, Tasty Kale Chips, Butternut Squash Frittata with Crispy Kale). <BR> <BR> If you haven't discovered the joys of kale, let me tell you some of the reasons why I love it. <BR> <BR> At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has: <BR> <BR> Nearly 3 grams of protein <BR> 2.5 grams of fiber <... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:12:59 EST Co-Dependency Insight #1 - I'm the "Hero" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128178 This morning was the second week of family group therapy with DS (as of today he is 8 days sober <em>321</em> The topic for today was codependency. I am working through a book on codependency also, so I knew this subject would hit close too home. In fact, the entire discussion applied much more to me than to DS. <BR> <BR> The facilitator listed some key roles played by Adult Children of Alcoholics. Although I did not grow up in an addicted home, I was raised by emotionally abusive pare... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:18:04 EST Why I Love the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123680 I have been participating in the 5% Challenge since 2010. I lost 30 pounds while I was doing the challenge and I have kept it off for 5 years. I credit the challenge and my teammates as a big part of that accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the reasons why I love the 5% Challenge and why you should consider joining: <BR> 1. Keeps me accountable - Weighing in every week and knowing my teammates are counting on me for exercise points, etc. is one of the things that helps me to stay ac... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:50:23 EST Extreme Stress Update - It Gets Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123051 Thank you to everyone who offered support after my last blog post. <em>247</em> <BR> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> My son and hubby met with the director of the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program on Thursday. She asked my son to do one week of outpatient detox, then she will have another meeting with him this coming Thursday to re-evaluate whether or not he needs to go to residential treatment. <BR> <BR> We are more than 24 hours into the process and he is doing very well. Mostly tryi... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:48:46 EST Extreme Stress is an Awesome Weight Loss Tool (Kids- Don't Try This at Home) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118286 So, my Sparkfriends, since this is the only safe space for me to vent about family problems: <BR> <BR> It all started Sunday night. DS, 21, was banned from hard alcohol because (a) he is an angry drunk and (b) it doesn't mix well with his medications. Sunday night he went out with a friend. He had some money and came back with snacks. I thought all was good. <BR> <BR> Monday night - DS started slamming around the house around midnight. I came out of my bedroom and asked him to try to b... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:42:42 EST Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/908fd8b4-dbf5-4f72-93dd-0f1907e2d4e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's no secret that my new favorite grain is quinoa (see my recipe for Cranberry Quinoa Muffins <link>teressamorris.com/2015/11/12/cranber<BR>ry-quinoa-muffins/ </link> ). It's high in protein, fiber AND iron. Plus, it's gluten free. What's not to love? I'm always on the lookout for new quinoa ideas, since we mostly eat it steamed, like rice. <BR> <BR> Recently I bought a big bag of ka... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:04:47 EST Things I'm Doing Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057383 Taking all my meds when I'm supposed to. <BR> Spoke up for myself at work. <BR> Came up with an incentive system for nutrition and fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will try to post a list of things I'm doing right every time I write a blog post this year. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:54:20 EST My Motivation For Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049870 The Winter 5% Challenge is starting soon. Before every challenge we are asked to list our top 10 reasons for wanting to lose weight. Since I have been stable but stuck at the same weight for a couple of years now, I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself of why I started on this journey to begin with. <BR> <BR> 1. Reduce blood pressure medication <BR> 2. Get more stamina <BR> 3. Not be tired all the time <BR> 4. Learn to be a more mindful eater. <BR> 5 Gain more upper body strength... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:30:23 EST Cranberry Quinoa Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf879bd-fe93-4b47-854a-9752e721b244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quinoa is my new favorite grain!! A 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa contains 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 10% your daily requirement of iron. Plus it's yummy!! <BR> <BR> Now that I can get a pound of quinoa for only $4.99 at Trader Joe's, I finally have the opportunity to look for recipes incorporating this delicious superfood. When I found a recipe for cranberry quinoa muffins, I k... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:20:04 EST A Halloween Pic and a Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15969744-3301-45ee-a6a1-7e6ddd2c38b7.jpg"> <BR> This is from our office Halloween party. I am on the far left. <BR> <BR> Still recovering from another nasty sinus infection. I got in a walk with hubby yesterday. Did my fastest time in awhile - a 17 minute mile. Not great, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> I have a small request. I am updating my professional blog and I would love your advice. If you could click through to the survey and let m... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:23:28 EST Cranberry Chia Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f416e491-5ac2-4c38-a67a-47e9f02eef41.jpg"> <BR> I am not a big fan of oatmeal. I have always found it fairly bland. One time, at a restaurant, I wasn't feeling good so I ordered oatmeal. They brought me the creamiest, tastiest oatmeal I had ever had. Turns out, it was cooked in milk - what a big difference!! <BR> <BR> Recently I added oatmeal back into my morning routine. I only have it about once a week, on the weekends, but at least it's a... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:46:49 EST Spite Eating- Is that a thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011339 So today I had something strange happen, at least for me. At lunch time I went in the break room at work to heat up my food. I almost always take my lunch away from work. <BR> <BR> While I was waiting for the microwave, one of my co-workers asked me to taste this green drink that he and his wife make. He poured a little bit into a Dixie cup and asked me to taste it. It wasn't bad He has been trying to convince me that if I drink this stuff every day it will cure my asthma because when hi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 00:22:00 EST Making a Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdbb7d95-595f-4d9a-a55c-5305165279f5.jpg"> <BR> The other day, while hanging out on Sparkpeople, I read a comment from my friend Laura(FITFORMYKIDS). She had "found" some pounds which were previously lost and was looking for a way to keep her motivation going. She mentioned making a vision board. <BR> <BR> Laura's comment really "sparked" something in me (pardon the pun). It has been more than 3 1/2 years since I made my last vision board. ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:19:37 EST Lots of Changes =Good Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959139 Spent the last week on a very relaxing vacation at my in-laws house in Oregon. They were very understanding of the emotional upheaval we have been through over the past month and a half. It took me 3 days to feel like a normal person again. <BR> <BR> Anyway, while we were there I got an email from Washington County. They liked my resume' and want me to take a skills test a week from Monday. So we are back home for a week, then back to Oregon for a couple of days. Two days after we get ba... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:02:14 EST Releasing Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939140 As I mentioned in my previous blog, I did not raise my voice, or even cry, when the incident with my son's girlfriend occurred. Since then I have also had to deal with my son being verbally abusive. Again, I did not raise my voice and cried very little after he left - just little bits on and off. I always feel guilty for crying in front of others. <BR> Today I think I am suffering the effects of not dealing with my grief and the emotional trauma I have been dealing with for a long time. <BR>... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:49:09 EST Family Drama - Again :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934005 I had a bad feeling for a couple of days. My son and his girlfriend (who both live with us) were on edge and high energy (not a good combination). They started deep cleaning the house and rearranging all our stuff. We were nice about it, but they were angry that we weren't "grateful." <BR> I had a one-on-one talk with my son on Friday and I thought we had reached some resolution. We strongly disagree with each other, but at least we were talking and listening. Also I thought they would r... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:49:51 EST Don't Laugh, Please!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925366 My video review of PKB - the Portable Kettlebell - I think I look pretty goofy, but it was a good experience. Sat, 9 May 2015 14:50:38 EST PKB - the Portable Kettlebell Review (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925364 As part of my journey to a healthier me, I like trying different types of exercise. I always enjoy working out with my hand weights and exercise bands, but I wanted to try something new. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled when the people at Advantage asked me to review their PKB – the Portable Kettlebell. <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2015/05/pkb-the-po<BR>rtable-kettlebell-review-pkb/ </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 14:45:54 EST Photos from Our Vacation - Drought Related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905422 I'm sure many of you have heard about the drought we are having here on the West Coast, but unless you live here, it might be hard to visualize. Hubby and I went to South Lake Tahoe this last week for vacation. We took some pictures to show how bad the drought is: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387464658.jpg"> <BR> The left picture is the lake last May. The right picture is a few days ago. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l541035595.jpg"> <B... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:13:12 EST My Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901726 As part of the Spring 5% Challenge, I have been asked to list my 10 motivations for losing weight. Honestly, I've been struggling with motivation for quite some time. I have been very motivated to maintain, but not so motivated to lose. <BR> Recently, I started making some small changes to my diet which are helping me head in the right direction. <BR> Here are my 10 motivations for losing weight and getting fit: <BR> 10. Less weight means less strain on my lungs, which will hopefully help m... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:59:14 EST It's My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892593 Or it was, on Monday. But I was feeling alone, with all my family away. My son was accepted into the California Conservation Corps and he had to go away for training the day before my birthday. Hubby didn't get back from helping out his parents until Tuesday. So I decided to go by my mom's philosophy, which is "It's your birthday all month!!" <BR> Anyway, I am officially 40 hm hm hm years old and I feel healthier (mostly) than I ever have before. One of the biggest reasons for that is al... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 01:05:21 EST Prayer Request Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882130 Mother-in-law had her surgery this morning. She did really well. She is in ICU for a few days, then 5 days in regular hospital, then home. Hoping she will stop smoking and drinking after this. Hubby is staying with them for another week and a half to make sure everything is okay. <BR> Thank you everyone so much for your prayers and support!! Today was the worst because I was so worried, but I feel like a giant weight is lifted now. <em>198</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:31:32 EST Prayer Request Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879663 Thank you for all those who reached out through your prayers and support after my prayer request blog. Here's an update: <BR> <BR> MIL's open heart surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24. Prayers are still appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hubby's MRI was good. He has no tear in his muscle. I put him on the train last night for his parent's house. He will stay with them for two weeks to help out during his mom's recovery. <BR> <BR> My boss approved my request to go full-time sooner than e... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:32:15 EST Level Life Low Carb Snacks Review (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467270175.jpg"> <BR> A part of my journey to a healthier me, I have been tracking my food. Not just for calories and fat, but also to make sure I get enough protein and fiber in a day. <BR> <BR> Did you know you should be consuming between 10%-35% of your daily calories in protein? That means a person like me, who eats around 1500 calories a day, should be consuming a minimum of 38 protein grams a day. In addition, a female under the ag... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:27:34 EST Prayers Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870419 Okay, my friends. I am putting it all in God's hands, but my family could definitely use your prayers. <BR> <BR> First, my mother-in-law is having a heart bypass and valve replacement in a few weeks. The surgery will be in Portland, OR which is three hours away from her home and 12 hours away from ours. Father-in-law is going with her, but he hates big cities. Hubby really wants to go up and help them for a week or two. <BR> <BR> Second, hubby is having an MRI next week of his shoulder.... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:51:55 EST Eating Healthy Made Easier With Gorton's (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l148452.jpg"> <BR> As many of you may know, a few years ago I lost over 30 pounds, thanks in large part to Sparkpeople.com and the friends I met there. And while I still haven't met my goal weight, I have kept a stable weight for the past two and a half years. <BR> <BR> Heading into the new year, I decided not to make resolutions as I have in the past. Instead, I decided to commit to one small change. For me, that change is having 5 small... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:12:23 EST The Progress I've Made and Plans for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843940 So yet again I basically maintained, even though I intended to lose weight. Still no gain for another year is a definite plus. <BR> <BR> The biggest area I made progress on in 2014 was self-care. I learned that I need to keep my salt intake low or I will blow up like a balloon. I learned to eat two crackers before I take my morning meds so I don't have heartburn all day. I learned I need to try to get at least a little bit of exercise every day for my emotional well-being as well as m... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:46:51 EST Another Emotional Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819592 I realize that I mostly blog about my emotions and family relationships. The reason is that I've finally figure out I need to process my emotions instead of stuffing them down with food. I hope you understand. <BR> <BR> Anyway, things have been going pretty well. Son is doing chores, his girlfriend got a part-time job. Son is probably going to need sinus surgery (we find out Friday) so we are holding off on pushing the job situation with him for the moment). <BR> <BR> This week has been... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:42:40 EST They're Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798802 Last night DS came over, profusely apologized and begged for his room back. It was an adult discussion and we were very proud of him. His girlfriend, is a different story. She "refused" to apologize, then when she realized she would be alone AND homeless if she didn't, texted an apology. I'm not impressed, but I am willing to make the concession for my son. We gave them a list of "demands" which they have agreed to and they know this is their last chance. So we'll see... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:40:32 EST Taking Care of Myself/Tough Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793520 Last night we had to call the police and have my DS, 19 and his girlfriend, 18 removed from our house. We are all okay and I am mostly relieved. It has been a long time coming. Finally, last night, while I was being called many ugly names a lightbulb turned on in my brain and I realized if I continued to accept this behavior from them then I was disrespecting myself. And how would I be able to demand respect from them if I wasn't respecting myself. So they are gone. <BR> I am taking a we... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:18:15 EST You're Too Young For Cataracts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785169 I have worn glasses since I was about 7 years old. And they've always been pretty thick and absolutely necessary. For awhile, in high school, and then on and off throughout my adult years, I wore contacts, but with all my sinus problems my eyes dried out so quickly that glasses were usually a more comfortable option. A few years ago presbyopia kicked in and I found that I could look over the top of my glasses to read a menu, the computer screen, etc., but if I wore contacts I needed readin... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:00:01 EST Rough Night but Proud of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775258 Last night DH and I went to a game party at a friend's house. It was my first time "out" with my new eyes. You wouldn't believe the trauma I went through in my head because I am 1 1/2 weeks away from being able to wear eye makeup!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, got to the party and due to my insecurities, had two drinks instead of the one I had planned and then did not keep track of my food. After the party was emotionally uncomfortable, so stuffed my feelings at Jack in the Box. <BR... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:56:05 EST Why I Still Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772257 I have been stuck in a rut for a couple of years now. Bouncing back and forth over the same 5 pounds. I know that a lot of it is due to my myriad illnesses and a lot of it is due to my work schedule. I do feel good at this weight, but would still like to lose some more. <BR> Mainly I would like to firm up my upper arms and my abs. I would like to gain some strength and stamina. I would like to look younger than I am (within reason, LOL). I would like to be relaxed, healthy and happy. <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:02:47 EST Napa Earthquake 2014 - We Survived!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767077 It's amazing how much exercise you get cleaning up after an earthquake!! We're all okay - no serious damage (lost a TV and lots of glassware). If you'd like the gory details, you can read them here: <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2014/08/napa-earth<BR>quake-2014-survived/ </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:15:08 EST Do You Know Your Bra Size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747586 Wednesday was hubby's birthday. For his present, he decided to take me to Victoria's Secret to buy a new bra <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Once we got there, I tried on a bra in the size I THOUGHT I wore (the size on the tag of the bra I was currently wearing). It didn't fit right and I started getting very frustrated. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby reminded me that VS does free bra fittings. So I asked, and even though it was a little embarrasing, the salesgirl was very sweet and after ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:33 EST "Have You Lost Weight?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733126 We are visiting the in-laws in Oregon this week. Last night my mother-in-law asked "Have you lost weight? Because your booty looks smaller than it did the last time you <BR> were here." Thanks - I think. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Then last night, on Facebook, one of my "friends" saw a recent photo of me and asked, "Have you lost weight? You look good?" Seriously - what did I look like before? <BR> <BR> The truth is I've only lost a couple of pounds since January. I really think the l... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:41:47 EST