XNANNY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XNANNY XNANNY'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/ I missed the bus again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781926 I have a very hard time getting to the bus on time. I will have to go to bed early tonight. This is the second fast of the week, but not a water fast as I had celery and carrots with Light Ranch Dressing. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:51 EST Fasting for the Third Time this Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774796 Today I have had only vitamins and fiber for calories. I think I will have some carrots as I am far hungrier than most fasting days. I need to control my eating tomorrow as I will be fasting again on Monday. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:11:15 EST Getting a Handle on Sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774174 I have eaten a whole box of Whopper Malted Milk Balls today, 3.5 servings! One Reese's Peanut butter Cup and a See's Sucker. Not the worst day of my life but not the best. This first week is to understand why we eat sweets but not to stop just yet. That will work well for me I think. <BR> <BR> I eat sweets when I feel indigestion as well as when I want some. Odd as that is not a good way to end heartburn. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:28:54 EST Doing Well on my Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598736 I am getting along well with my job. The one problem I had was making it to my bus on time, but that will not happen again with God's grace. I am able to buy cloths from the thrift store for half price so I am getting some replacement things for ones I lost in my moves. I will be able to furnish my room from there also when my nephew gets his things out of the room I am sleeping in. It is odd to live in the mess of a teenage boy, he is older now but the teen mess is still to be seen. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:59:56 EST I have a Job that starts tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483221 I just thought that a blog would help spread the news that I have a seasonal job until after Halloween. I am so happy to have a job. I have been looking for so long and been turned down so many times that my Mother started a novena to Saint Jude to help me find work, so thank you Saint Jude, I am so glad that you came through with a job for me. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:59:59 EST I Am Going To Do Some Voluteer Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475993 I am volunteering at the local food shelf in hopes that will make me more employable. I need to rewrite my resume as well for the job I want. I have read that you need to tailor your resume for each job you apply for. This just seemed like more work than I wanted to do before I got turned down for even fast food work. I am still praying for a job to come my way. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:15:41 EST Job Interviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467170 I am getting better at interviews the more I do them. I did not get the last job I interviewed for but I had two more today and that is hopeful. Telephone interviews are hard for me as I depend on seeing a persons face when talking to them. My Mother is praying for me to find a job soon, I am also pray for a job as well, I would be happy to have any prayers that anyone cares to give me. God bless and keep us all! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:13:19 EST Lost 3 pounds this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456230 I am over the moon about my weight loss this week. I am not sure just what I did that made this happen but I am glad it did. I do fast three days each week but this does not lead to regular weight loss. It seem to be a combination of exercise and calorie control that works for me. I want to get to my goal soon, but that will happen in its own time. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:02:53 EST Eating healthy is hard to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447065 I find that eating healthy is not as easy as some people say it is. I am living with my youngest sister who is naturally thin; 5'7" and 120#. I am 5'5" and 155# so you see that she can eat things that would make me gain weight. Even with three days of fasting each week it is hard to lose weight now. I need to find my inner motivation for weight loss. A weight loss diary is something I have been doing off and on for a few years, I need to get back to it as it has helped in the past. If a... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 23:44:37 EST Got to Mass at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390439 I have not been able to get to Mass since I fell so long ago. Today I was able to walk the three blocks to St. John the Baptists Church for Mass. I was happy to go at last. Hurting can make it so hard to do what we want to do. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:02:14 EST Arrived in Minnesota this last evening, too tried to sleep!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381009 I have never done this before. I am usually asleep soon after getting where I am going. I got on the wrong bus in Kansas City so I was far later getting here than I had planned. At least I did not have to pay extra for my mistake. I met some nice people on this trip and got some sleep at night. I woke up when we drove into the light of a town or city, I am light sensitive! I like to sleep with an eye-mask on and should have packed one for the trip, but I forgot that it would be nice to ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:58:11 EST Had a good Birthday last Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373094 I enjoyed my Birthday even with a smaller number of family with me to share it with. We had Williamsburg Orange Cake from the Betty Crocker cookbook. It is a good cake with orange zest, golden raisins and pecans, frosted with a butter cream frosting flavored with more orange zest and OJ. We have Daiquiri Ice to go with the cake. It is good cake but we have too much of it, the only good thing for me is that I did my fast yesterday and had my cake today. <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> <em>409... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:19:49 EST TV and headache! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355800 I get sinus headaches sometimes and have one today! Even with Claritin I have allergy trouble. I have taken medicine and that will work soon, I know. I hope to be better tomorrow as my Mother and sister want to go out to dinner to celebrate Mother's Day late, but very nice. <BR> I am not sure if TV makes my headache worse or not, it is hard to know. I will go to bed soon and put the computer to bed as well. Mon, 13 May 2013 23:51:18 EST Lost 1.4 pounds!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353507 I am so happy to have lost some more weight this week. I went up last week so this week is more of a surprise to me. Fasting three days a week seems to be the way for me to get to goal. I just wish that I felt 100% in my health. My leg needs more time to get better I guess. I am still happy about my weight and hope to be well soon. Sat, 11 May 2013 22:19:19 EST I fell yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339947 I am sore and having a hard time doing much with a strained tendon in my right thigh and some bruising on the outer side of my right thigh. It was so stupid of me to fall over the dog gate into the kitchen. I even broke my tea pot and cut my right hand when I fell, the good thing was that the cups in my left hand came through unharmed. I am fasting today even though it is hard to move, even into the bathroom! I hope to feel better tomorrow, as I have read that healing is faster when you f... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:24:01 EST I am not getting enough sleep now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336805 Last night I stayed up all night and had a nap this morning. Less than 5 hours is not good for me. I will need to go to bed soon. Computers are hard to close down sometimes. I am also looking at a show on TV. I hope everyone is doing well with their life as I have trouble living with relatives. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:47:54 EST Wishing everyone Health and Happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318864 I am finding life interesting just now. So wishing good things to others is a good thing for me to do now. I will be going back to Minnesota sometime soon. I have had no luck in finding work here in San Antonio, so it is back to the North to find work there. My Mother is letting me keep her computer with me when I go North. She is the best when it comes to sharing her things. I hope that things go well for me in Mankato living with my Sisters that are kind enough to let me stay with the... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:30:27 EST Sleep!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269221 I am finding it hard to get my sleep as my nephew is a night owl and very loud at night. I do get to sleep late in the day so all is not lost. I just hope when I do get a job it is not early in the day. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 00:26:16 EST Over ate today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239479 Does this ever happen to you? I have not done this for so long that I forgot how bad it feels! I will be fasting tomorrow so that will feel better for me. I hope that I will not do this again for many years! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:00:13 EST I HATE Football!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236473 Just a little something for those of us that find the game an abomination! I know more than I like about the game and that makes it worse. I am glad to be in a house where no-one watches it in the normal way of things. My Father loved to watch the games on TV every time they where on. Too often for my happiness. He has been dead for over twenty years but that is one thing I do not miss. Today was my oldest sister's Birthday, she is 65 now and has Alzheimer's. God is good, even though... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 00:43:30 EST My cough has not gone yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225080 I guess that a cough is much better than a cold, but I like to be well as in one hundred percent! I need to go job hunting on Monday and every day after that. As the saying goes" hunting a job is a job in it's self" if I can just remember that! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:32:33 EST I now have a wand for my tablet and a cold that is rotten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207610 I am finding it hard to eat well with this cold. I am learning how to use my wand and my tablet both. I hope to get well soon, but I am finding it hard to go to bed at a good hour. Life is not so fun for me just now. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:11:26 EST New internet tablet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180191 This is a hard thing to learn to use. I need to get a wand for this at the least my sister says it will help. I hope I can learn this soon. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:18:54 EST Going back to San Antonio on Saint Steven's Day(the day after Christmas) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175409 I will be away from Spark for a day or two as I celebrate Christmas and travel the day after. I am looking forward to being back in San Antonio again. Looking for work will be not as nice, but I hope that I find a job soon. God Bless everyone and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:09:50 EST HAPPY ST. NICHOLAS DAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158512 Not everyone knows about this holiday but it is a favorite for me. I make a special butter spice cookie to eat on this day. I cooked them last night and had some today, they are great. I hope everyone will have a good Christmas season. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:36:27 EST Candy is my down-fall!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135579 <em>494</em> <em>493</em> <em>255</em> I enjoy ice cream treats as well. This has lead to a slight gain this past week, just 0.2 of a pound so I am not too unhappy about it. This came from both candy and ice cream in the house. My fasting days are still going well. The green tea is supposed to help with fat loss and I am finding it true. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:59:25 EST Green Tea and Weight loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117126 I am losing weight at an unheard of speed and I believe it is green tea doing the trick. I hope to get down to 140 pounds before Christmas, but I will be happy just to be lower by then. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:42:34 EST Fall Colds from San Antonio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093196 My Mother, two Sister's and a niece all came to visit here in Metarie. One sister and my Mother have colds that they got from my nephew that is still living in San Antonio. I pray that no one else will get sick from this cold. We also have my niece in the Hospital for a gall stone that was not removed when they got the Gall Bladder, last August. She will have an operation tomorrow and be home soon. The babies are having some trouble sleeping with extra people around and Mommy not here. Th... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 20:55:41 EST Isaac the hurrican that could! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049055 The storm was not that bad or so the weather people said. Too bad the damage was so bad. We where without power for a week, but we went to relatives and if they did not have cats I would have been happier, as I am allergic to cats. We are home again and my niece is back at work after her sick leave ended. I am working with the babies Grandmother from their Father's side, it is much better to have two of us for the twins. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 21:07:08 EST I am losing my Mother's computer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005190 I have been using my Mother's computer for some tome now and she needs it back. I hope to use my nieces computer sometimes but will not count on that. I hope to have my own computer again soon. I will stay with plan even if I can not come here. Keep on with losing weight and being healthy. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:09:37 EST Green tea with green Jasmine tea added http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989811 If you do not care for green tea this way of making iced green tea might work for you, it did for me. I heat water to a boil then let it sit for ten minutes until it is 150 degrees F. That is when I add 3 to 7 green tea bags to 1 green jasmine tea bag, then steep for two minutes. I add water to make it equal to 8 oz. per tea bag. I chill until cold and serve over ice. This is very smooth with no bitter notes in it. <BR> I have found that this tea helps to kill hunger. It is something t... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:09:02 EST My first Sunday in Metaire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971409 I went to Mass for the first time in too long today. Not having a car makes getting to Mass impossible sometimes. Today my sister Mary and I went together and then we got beignets at Cafe Du Monde right here in Metaire. It is nice not having to go all the way down town for some beignets. They are like doughnuts but come in groups of three small pieces. Each place I have had these has been different, but Cafe Du Monde makes the best. Today is not so active as most days, as the babies are... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:51:12 EST Moving to New Orleans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964336 I am off to New Orleans tomorrow! One day sooner than planned. I will keep posting from there. I am not sure if they have a scale but they probably do. I am not sure I can fast traveling by car with my nephew as he loves his food big time. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:17:16 EST H2O http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948133 I am water fasting three days a week again and finding it even easier than before. I am still drinking 8 glasses of water every day with more on my fasting days. I also drink iced green tea most days as that is very good for you and helps with weight control. I did not like even iced grren tea before my Mother showed me how to mix Jasmine with the green tea to make a much nicer drink. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:43:48 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3324542 I have been water fasting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. I am surprised at how easy it has been for me this time. I drink over 8 glasses of water every day, the first just after I get up in the morning. Water the true staff of life! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:50:55 EST Feeling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2497132 My sister died last June just two weeks after her husband pasted away and I am finding it hard to dill with my grief. Of course my weight is on the way up again as food is one of my favorite ways to handle emotions. School is not going well either, so life could be better. I think I will be coming back to Spark for some suport. Love to you all, Monica Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:31:15 EST School First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2420294 I have been away from spark and will continue this for some time. I need to work on class work and not worry so much about spark. Good luck to all and God bless. <BR> <BR> Monica Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:17:49 EST Summer School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2145773 I am back to using my backpack this summer. So I am climbing stairs again as well a riding my bike to class some days. I walk to school most days, as it is only a two block walk. I find it hard to post my exercise on the team exercise posts, I do collect points for exercise here on Sparkpeople. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:59:09 EST No more backpack!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1796501 I had to buy a rolling bag for school when I found my backpack weighing over 30 lbs. I use the elevator now not the stairs so much. I do have a bit of a workout pulling my bag through the snow. March is the snowiest month in Minnesota, I have much to look forward to. <BR> <BR> Monica Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:25:52 EST ADDing Still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1429946 <em>206</em> That is a bit like me as I climb the stairs in my college. I carry a backpack of over 20 lbs. I live a 15 min. walk from campus and walk each school day. <BR> <BR> Monica <em>126</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2008 14:52:56 EST (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1424257 Hi I am still ADDing even if I can't spend as much time here as before. This is the the life I LOVE, someone even said that he could see I had lost weight since last summer(2007). I felt pretty happy!!!! <em>204</em> <BR> Thanks for the good wishes from so many of you. <BR> <BR> Monica <em>126</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:20:28 EST Back in class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1422597 I am already not able to do this spark stuff so much as I was last week. I am in Calculus, Physics and Chemistry, only 12 credits but hard classes. I need to keep up with all the work in these classes and so I will cut back the time I am on-line. I will miss all of you but class work must come first. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to you all, <BR> Monica <em>126</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2008 21:36:56 EST