WRITEAWAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WRITEAWAY WRITEAWAY'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/ Moo, Baaa, Maaaa, Wha-huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619825 Out hiking with a group today, I stopped to tie my shoe and one of the male hikers went around me, continuing on the trail, but also making sure to say this to me: <BR> <BR> "Bahhaahaaaaa" [use whatever inflections you like. it was meant as pleasant] <BR> <BR> I did not understand, so in that understanding (not, 'repeat yourself'), I asked, "What?", with highly quizzical look on my face to go with the question. <BR> <BR> He repeated the noise, as if to aid my understanding and that all ma... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:53:08 EST Assessing January Goals: II: Weekly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610626 My weekly goals were harder to hit than my monthly ones--in some ways. Actually, I made it to the Y to exercise FOUR times a week two of the weeks, and at least two when I still had shingles....which...may not have been wise. <BR> <BR> And, *with* the Polar Vortex AND shingles, I did still get out to hike ...twice. ....once for three hours instead of an hour an a half, oops. <BR> <BR> I did keep my heart-rate within my target range. <BR> <BR> And I think I kept up with water intake very ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:07:49 EST Assessing January Goals: I: Monthly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609485 I made a number of short-term goals for the month of January, both physical and all-over-wellness, and weekly as well as monthly. <BR> <BR> As for the one-time goals for the month, even though the month was overshadowed by (now), TWO bouts of shingles (ouch!), I pushed myself hard to do what I could....perhaps a bit too much even---but I'm doing okay. <BR> <BR> I did not make yoga once this month, BUT, yesterday, my older son and I went to Tai Chi (which met right after Beginner Yoga does).... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:25:25 EST Vision and Strategy, Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577164 So....the grief-work is laid out, the vision is there to see, and so logically, to reach. <BR> <BR> Steps. Part of the grief is that there may be more steps than I WANT to take. However, when I stop being stuck in the frustration, shame and pain, and start *taking* the steps, well, I'm going to get there sooner. <BR> ........................................<BR>.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Journey of January <BR> <BR> Starting with specific, attainable, measurable goals <BR... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:48:55 EST Vision and Strategy, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577111 I wrote about working through the emotional part of new vision in order to create a strategy for health (including weight loss). <BR> <BR> I'm going to work at an attempt again, let's say on the 1-100 scale, of creating *steps* throughout short-term goals to get to ....my 100's. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are some of my 100's, my long-term goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> ~ Being an ADK 46'er, winter and summer <BR> <BR> ~ Being able to bike 10-20 miles at a time regularly <BR> <BR> ~ Doing one cycling ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:40:31 EST Vision and Strategy, Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577100 It's not trite; it's about learning. So *far* I have failed at finding balance, but this means that I have found ways that *don't* work. Yes, it's the time of year -- those few days --- for resolutions, but I'm about to get resolute about goals. <BR> <BR> I do make goals fairly consistently. I also know about long-term goals and steps to get to the long-term goals. ...but.... if, for example, I have a long-term goal of being an ADK 46'er, summer and winter (someone who hikes all 46 Adiro... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:22:25 EST Confused But Okay With It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550128 I don't know if I did something right, and I don't know what I've been doing wrong (if I have? maybe just a big adjustment to a new level of exercise???). <BR> <BR> Anyhow, *yesterday*, I weight 246 ...upsetting. <BR> <BR> This morning, I weighed 243. <BR> <BR> Here's the thing: I took a long nap yesterday and then at dinner I ate a crazy-big amount. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I know that usually I go *below* my calorie-intake. And I know I'm normally prone to over-exercise and that I'm still... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:08:37 EST Weights and Measures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548044 I really wish I did measurements before I focused only on what the scale says. <BR> <BR> According to the scale, I've gained a pound. <BR> <BR> According to my new life-pattern, I've added in 30-60 minutes a day of regular exercise that wasn't there before August (and before that time, it was in 2006 when I was healthy). <BR> <BR> In August, after thinking long and hard about how to get a therapy dog, and finding that it's a complicated process, my housemate and I went back to our original... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:07:55 EST Call it a Day, Call it a GOOD Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542238 Whoa, SPARKPOINTS. Yeah, you've got my number. <BR> <BR> In fact, three more and I'm going to call it a night. <BR> <BR> I had a healthy day (I have a LOT of illnesses), and mostly pain-free. <BR> <BR> I was able to be outside and play with my goats and get plants in the ground before the winter-freeze comes. <BR> <BR> Dirty from the good day outdoors, I took a hot bath. <BR> <BR> Now I'm about to read....and hopefully sleep soon. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. I haven't had too man... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:23:28 EST In Sickness and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541529 Another day, another night with my mind racing.... <BR> <BR> I'm not bipolar, but because I have illnesses that knock me down and out for days at a time (looks like depression), I get up with way too much gustso as soon as I'm able (manic-looking) and then repeat (looks like cycling). <BR> <BR> I neeeeeeeeeed to learn balance. I need to learn the small, graceful (ha!) steps. <BR> <BR> I need to love myself while balance is not my strong point. <BR> <BR> <BR> Taking a point from the othe... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:47:27 EST Choosing Health, Not Should'ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538503 I should balance my checkbook and pay bills. <BR> <BR> I should plant my daffodil bulbs--wait, that's something I love and now with that word "should" I feel obligated and a little grouchy that it got put on a list of 'shoulds'. <BR> <BR> I saw a sign a long time ago that said, "Have you should on yourself today?" <BR> <BR> And I forgot that concept until today when my older son and I were talking about motivations (healthy and unhealthy) as well as wonderful deep topics (he's getting to k... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:24:06 EST Daily Health Bog, Day 44 : Journaling Context http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449632 Hm. 247.2 lbs. Not a reason to panic: I just want to look at the context of what's been going on. <BR> <BR> Like when we took the trip to Ithaca, I'm not taking rest-days between exercise workouts. I did a hard workout swimming on Wednesday evening and then I did a long walk (for me currently) yesterday evening. My legs hurt this morning. I'm REALLY hungry. I know I'm not taking in the calories that I'm putting out. And, another big factor: as I come off of seroquel completely, I'm ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:00:07 EST Daily Health Bog, Day 43 : Water Therapy / Nature Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449345 Whew! I'm getting too tired and loopy to write the post, but I want to keep tracking this journey. <BR> <BR> It ...seems.... that the 246 lbs on the scale might be believable. It's consistent. It's funny--I've been fighting for weight loss since 2006, and gaining instead all that time, and now that pounds are starting to come off one by one, week by week, I am in more than a bit of disbelief. Yup, I'm eating well, and yes, I'm certainly exercising....but I'm scared to believe it's true... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:26:18 EST Daily Health Bog, Day 42 : Working *Out* the Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447859 WOWZERS, I'm feeling STRESS. Money stress (lack thereof~!) and stress from interacting with the X, who now I have to take to court to make him pay his share of college and other costs for the kids......needing to file an appeal for disability...... trying to 'manage' care for my aspie-son (of 2 boys; one is away working as a camp counselor), while trying to manage my own health and illnesses ....not wanting to *only* have time with my younger son that's "do this, do this", but affirmations a... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 16:02:41 EST Health Stats Blog, Day....41: Looking to focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446190 I'm finally getting the hang of the system: <BR> <BR> Take synthroid, <BR> use flovent, <BR> (do other things to wake up while the hour passes), <BR> eat, and take meltformin. <BR> <BR> Last night was my first night without any seroquel, and it didn't feel weird....I just couldn't sleep more than 4 hours. Today I've had green tea, but I still want to be careful about driving to do errands on such little sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm still just a few ounces under 249 (248.6lbs). <BR> <BR> My fac... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:17:00 EST Getting up from a week in bed / looking to the week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445556 Last week I was terribly sick to my stomach from Meniere's Disease (see previous post or google the condition), and I didn't eat much; my weight went down to 246, the lowest it's been in MANY months. <BR> <BR> But last night I did a bit of "I should have gone to bed, but snacked instead", and snacked on "Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix" bars---three of them, and this morning my weight was back up to 249. <BR> <BR> So *far* (knock on wood), I have not gone back up to 250 sin... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:50:48 EST The Dirty Dozen, more or less, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445551 ...with an overlay of a complex trauma disorder: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What the Current Major Medical Pieces are That I'm Juggling <BR> (obviously feel free not to read it if it's boring!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I only have to get the colonoscopy once every 1-2 years now; the doctor removes stuff, repeat again same time following year. <BR> <BR> By changing to a competent doctor, many problems have been removed or are in the process of being removed, but this is what's left: <BR> <BR> ~ Meniere'... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:43:00 EST Health Stats Blog, Day ...26. The Wait Beginning To End? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429182 I recently took a trip to Ithaca, NY with my family and, while there (during this HEAT, ugh!) we kept moving *all* day and some most of the evenings. We only hiked through one small gorge, BUT...we all went up the Cornell Clocktower (161 steps). All of that activity demanded more caloric intake (HUNGRY! HUNGRY!), so, we ate (not overate) healthy portions of absolutely healthy food. When I came back from those 4 days of traveling, I weighed TEN pounds more than usual: 261lbs. I couldn't ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:51:59 EST Health Stats Blog, Day ...21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423848 Quick morning stats: <BR> <BR> weight: 252.6 <BR> (MAN, I would love to start fluctuating below 250!) <BR> blood sugar: 120 <BR> took 175 mcg synthroid <BR> used flonase <BR> took 2 puffs of flovent <BR> <BR> 1 tsp of "Kyo-Green" (powdered barley grass, wheat grass, etc), mixed in 4 oz water <BR> (it's supposed to help cure diabetes; i used to grow and juice wheatgrass and have not been organized lately) <BR> <BR> I can't start my day with my other favorite breakfast option (yet), because... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:38:12 EST Breakfast for Becoming a Champion -1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423044 One of my normal breakfast meals is based on one cup, cooked on the stovetop, of either steel-cut oats, 8-grain cereal, or 10-grain cereal; the last is my favorite. <BR> <BR> Often when I've made it, my younger son comes along and eats 1/2 the pot and ...I'm still hungry---especially because I've often waited until 2-3pm to eat _breakfast_. <BR> <BR> Today I ate 3/4 of the pot, adding: <BR> ~ 1 tsp cinnamon (it goes with cereal and it's a super-spice) <BR> ~ 1 tsp cocoa powder (unsweetened,... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:36:53 EST Health Stats Blog, Day ...(start-over at day 20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422985 I actually got overwhelmed with words throughout this time--too *much* to write about in regards to health and thoughts about it. I _have_ been exercising, sometimes I've been away from the computer, and I've also gone through a month-long testing period that confirmed that I have Type 2 Diabetes. <BR> <BR> This morning's stats: <BR> <BR> ~ weight: 252.4 <BR> ~ fasting blood sugar: 123 <BR> ~ took morning synthroid <BR> ~ used 2 puffs of flovent <BR> <BR> I woke up late, and got distra... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:35:43 EST Health Stats Blog, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402681 Good morning? I couldn't sleep until past 4am this morning, so....I woke UP today at 3PM. Yikes. Vampire hours. I still jumped in there in the middle of sleep (around 11am) and took my synthroid, so that's all good. <BR> <BR> IT'S NOT RAINING, thundering, hailing, doing a massive windstorm, and there's a bright light in the sky. Okay, yes, it's still hot and humid, but wow, a break in the blah (we're supposed to get more of the messiness). <BR> <BR> Since I've been bedridden with thi... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:01:20 EST Health Stats Blog, Day ...(start-over at 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401941 Okay, the important stat: <BR> <BR> ~ Night 16 of 1/2 dose of seroquel. I'm not sure how it's effecting me, because *most* of the same days I've been really sick with a cold virus. <BR> <BR> ~ Weight still seems to fluctuate between 252-254 in the morning, to 254-256 at night. <BR> <BR> ~ Except for a good workout kayaking on...the 20th (with a group, for about 1.5 hours, good pace, arms hurt at the end, which doesn't usually happen for me)....I've been sucked into the vortex of this cold... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:12 EST Health Stats Blog, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390614 I am noticing changes in my body and ability to function that can only be attributed to the decrease in seroquel, which correlates with these past 6 nights in cutting the dose in 1/2. <BR> <BR> Previously, I'd wake up, take my synthroid, but be too exhausted to move, and go back to sleep, with most nights' sleep being at least 12 hours and at *least* once a week a full-day "I can't go on-crash". After yesterday's interaction with people and just general movement, today would predictably b... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:16:01 EST Health Stats Blog, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389982 Quick~ <BR> <BR> *Very* exhausted and a bit stomachsick <em>198</em> , and we have our annual family party today. Not sure how to manage the two conflicting things <em>39</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday is 1/2 a dose of 175mcg of synthroid (all the other days a full 175); did it. <BR> Had my morning dose of flovent (hopefully starting the habit with the blog) <BR> <BR> Weight: 251.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Only ate so far....4 big oranges <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals for today? <BR> seriously,... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:07:34 EST Health Stats Blog, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389154 I go off of Spark every time I gain weight in a way that seems beyond my control (ie, meds) and to stay on a weight-loss site seems and ...is... discouraging. I've been gaining weight again---but: it might be: <BR> <BR> ~ diabetes (I'm in the middle of the testing process--results were in the diabetic range first time) <BR> <BR> ~ wrong meds -- the generic form of seroquel. And the crazy thing is that I'm *not* bipolar. My previous doctor put me on it when it *looked* like I was suddenl... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:15:18 EST Sunlight and Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245271 Pretty close to two weeks, I've been completely out of commission and close to completely bedridden. This was my first 'moving around' day in that amount of time. <BR> <BR> The sun has been out, and with the fresh-fallen snow, I yearned to get outside. The bunch of us took to our nice big back hill and did a few rounds of sledding. We didn't get much snow to speak of (not like others to the east of us in MA, CT and Long Island, etc), but happily, enough for sledding. <BR> <BR> I have n... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:46:25 EST Pacing Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222092 Well....last I blogged I was very discouraged. I had just visited my Allergy & Asthma doctor -- new to me -- and learned that my inflammation was out of control <em>24</em> . I have a lot to learn about this, and how to heal, as well as how to manage the asthma long-term. <BR> <BR> Days before that, I had had my yearly colonoscopy, and my doctor had taken out EIGHT polyps, none of which were cancerous ....otherwise I am pretty sure I would have received a "get in here sooner" phone call... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:14:36 EST Call for help with obstacles and EXHAUSTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213318 Painfully exhausted. <BR> <BR> <BR> It seems I'm going to need to create a step and a set of goals as a precursor to the ones I wrote on 1/15/13. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the specialist who treats allergies and asthma, and apparently my asthma (I'm new at understanding these things, so I'll request for the "Working Out With Asthma" Team!) had (?) a dangerous level of nitric oxide (I hope I'm spelling it right, because a little off is the difference in all sorts of gases). My numb... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:31:43 EST Starting (see blog about goals, 1/15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209899 Yesterday I posted a blog of a long-term and shorter-term goals (on Tuesday Janurary 15th--"New And Focused Goals"). Today I'm making myself begin. <BR> <BR> <BR> I didn't want to get outside and walk today--before noon. I'm not a morning person. <BR> <BR> But the point of the walk every morning for 5-10 minutes is about re-setting my body rythms, it's about attitude and motivation. Five to ten minutes is not a big commitment. I'm disabled with PTSD and then other physical ailments, bu... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:12:58 EST Just a Word About Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208748 I made it through my colonoscopy, and, it's a long story (which I may come back to -- edit -- and tell), but my doctor removed eight polyps, which by sight don't look cancerous, but have to be sent to the lab for testing. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:16 EST A New and Focused Goal With Plans to Achieve It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208726 From the hiking meetup group I'm a part of: <BR> <BR> "This moderately strenuous hike is approxmately 8 miles RT with 2000ft of elevation gain. The Summit elevation is 3655 ft, and Kaaterskill is 22nd on the Catskill high peak elevation list. This hike is also LP's "winter" Catskill finish as well as MG's Catskill finish, so come along and join the celebration. We will be taking the southern approach from rte 16, Platte Clove Road. We will see some great views just below the summit. <BR> <... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:50:39 EST Fasts are Slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205361 I'm going nuts (ohmygod that's a FOOD)! Today is 'prep day' / fasting for tomorrow's colonoscopy. I haven't even started the ....[TMI] ....bowel prep, but not eating is driving me crazy. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to eat in little healthy bits, right? Yes, but not today. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to *not* FAST AND CRASH, right? Yes, but today is different. It's a moderated medical task to prepare for a medical procedure. <BR> <BR> But, but, but---I've finally trained my brain THIS WA... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:21:05 EST Exercise Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165596 This is where I usually get into trouble---over-exercising, then crashing. <BR> <BR> I had a strong workout on Sunday, and then another very strong one on Monday. Tuesday was a recup day, and Wednesday was a very light workout day....now I want to be back into things, but not too hard. <BR> <BR> My older son is coming home from college on Friday night and he wants to "hike *every* day" when he gets home. I probably won't be up to doing THAT much, but he has that much energy. <BR> <BR> In... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:14:19 EST The Look of Contentment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161392 From the Spark Coach ~ <BR> <BR> "Imagine that you are perfectly content with every aspect your life. What does that life look like? What steps do you have to take to make that life a reality?" <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the kind of thing to get someone with a vivid imagination.....journaling for weeks~! <BR> <BR> But I'm also a person to question statements, so: "perfectly content with every aspect of your life"---sometimes aren't we content with *moments*, and with loved ones? For me, a d... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:37:19 EST A Peaceful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161246 No long-winded words and big rambling paragraphs today. <BR> <BR> My housemate Linda and I went to a nearby (30 minute drive) park, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, and hiked for an hour and a half. It's December, but it wasn't cold; it's been overcast, but today was sunny. About 1/2 the time was an awkward, step-over-rocks and big tree roots. We came across a group looking for a yule log--the Center's activity for the day--and they were hiking faster than us....but we had kept ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:18:14 EST Healthy Someday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160434 From Day 7 of SparkCoach: <BR> <BR> "Today, visualize going in for a checkup at the doctor and receiving a completely clean bill of health. How does it feel to know you did all the right things to live your best life? What can you do today to get one step closer to your healthiest self?" <BR> <BR> By the time I got to the end of the first sentence, I was making faces that displayed: <BR> hopelessness, <BR> incredulity, <BR> discouragement, <BR> and a list of negatives that back-up feelings... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 19:21:14 EST Eish. Two more months of AWOL-ness. But now only one more week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2262300 That day I posted about kayaking? That's the day I began having EXCRUCIATING pain in my arms. But a doctor legally cannot give the equivalent of cortizone (shots) for a few months, and then, only 2, even though I needed / need six (as he noted). <BR> <BR> So I've been afraid of my body. <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise....well, has been physically impossible. <BR> <BR> I feel "cursed" in regard to weight loss and exercise...and my body. <BR> <BR> <BR> So I've felt scared to come to SP. <B... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:11:19 EST My AWOL-ness, and Apologies to Good Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2110611 I have finished my Spring semester, but taken 2 incompletes---it has been rather insane with sicknesses, ...and lots of life things that would be too long to explain. <BR> <BR> (((I hope such good friends will forgive my lack of correspondence and communication))) <BR> <BR> <BR> ...And I hope that I can finish some of the open-ended craziness, and move forward with restorative health-oriented activities. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first kayaking outing of the season (weather-wise it cou... Sun, 31 May 2009 22:04:41 EST An Age-Old Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1932116 Hoping your growing season goes well this year~ <BR> <BR> See: http://video.google.com/videosearch?source<BR>id=navclient&rlz=1T4ADBR_enUS265US265&<BR>q=spaghetti+trees&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=rTb<BR>TSeP2AobglQeagJn7Cw&sa=X&oi=video_resu<BR>lt_group&resnum=5&ct=title# <BR> <BR> <BR> 1957: Spaghetti fools <BR> Not everybody was amused by the BBC's famous spaghetti harvest documentary. <BR> Hundreds of people called the corporation after the broadcast asking where they could get hold of a spaghe... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 06:02:38 EST Emotional Swings Normal? Or is it just me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1888019 I was on a run of endorphins, and am still now hooked on exercise, but is it at all normal to experience "grumpiness" from over-exercise? <BR> <BR> I was an athlete only five years ago, and now to come back after illness and illness and now 70+ pounds, it's as if I never knew anything. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:02:40 EST YAY, YAY, YAY~!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1884415 Beginning my third week at the Y, eating better, and all of the 'good things', today I weighed myself and ...finally, for the first time in YEARS, <BR> <BR> <BR> THE SCALE <BR> <BR> WENT <BR> <BR> <BR> DOWN~!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> [it is *not* that time of month either] Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:49:05 EST Working out with various disabilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1880023 I have a list of disabilities / heatlh issues which hold back weight loss and become the catch 22 for health and weight loss. I know I have friends on here in the same position. <BR> <BR> This past week I was able to push myself past 'comfort level' at the Y, while stopping just before an asthma attack each time. I don't know if that's a success, but it feels like it. I don't want to be stuck in the 'comfort', and of course it's dangerous to get into a breathing crisis. <BR> <BR> So mayb... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:54:28 EST 3.14159shooooot (March 14th / PI / Pie Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1879415 I have wonderful young geeks as children, and live in a town with beloved geek (not just Greek) Institutions. <BR> <BR> So PI day is real. Families here honestly celebrate it, especially the most math-minded. <BR> <BR> We made an apple pie (well, "we" meaning my housemate). I *savored slowly* ONE perfect piece. And with my exercise having increased lately, hopefully that didn't undo things~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy PI Day all~! Hope it was mathematically correct ;). Sat, 14 Mar 2009 19:58:12 EST Why, because it's helpful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1868829 I've been AWOL on spark while being sick, but through the sickness have been able to have one full first week at the Y, and am working on the second. It's helping the health / decreasing the pain and lessening the illnesses. Swimming is the best right now. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone else use the YMCA? Have a favorite use of the facilities? Do you take classes? Wed, 11 Mar 2009 05:43:25 EST Bummer~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1830073 Okay, is there anyone else out there who is motivated to get lots of sparkpoints in order to give gifts / goodies to friends? I LOVE THAT aspect of Spark. <BR> <BR> I was one away from getting '100' extra points today to give to people [sigh]. Guess that means I have to exercise a lot tomorrow~!! Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:23:07 EST Overflowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1826127 I think of my weight gain as a gift (hear me out). Sometimes I feel like crying (in a good way) at all the amazing friends I have here, and the teams. SPARK created a place for ....I'm just so thankful. Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:07:21 EST Road to Recovery~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1821743 I think I'm starting my road to recovery from an intense four-week virus---though still working with pain from "plantar's faciitis". <BR> <BR> Though I didn't sleep last night -- at all -- I did what I *could* at one of the 'spikes in the spiral of health* (food / sleep / exercise). I got out and did a first day back---25 mintues on the elliptical at the local community college, and a number of strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> I need the support to keep it up, to pace myself, to be... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:10:31 EST http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100232463&GT1=31036 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1804812 A news article about the best supermarket foods. A bit of controversy with it, but... what do *you* think? <BR> <BR> http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlep<BR>age.aspx?cp-documentid=100232463&GT1=3<BR>1036 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:02:27 EST 25 Things Going Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1784518 A Random Amount of Things I Learned at the ER This Weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. It really *was* that long a line on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> They were still there Sunday after turning around, sleeping in my own bed, and coming back. When I commented to one of the nurses about coming Saturday, he said that, oh yes, he was there last night too, and .... (stories. stories which i should insert, but am too sick) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. If someone says to you, "I'm so happy for you that it's not pn... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 17:10:05 EST