Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
DEBBYHS's Photo DEBBYHS SparkPoints: (121,225)
Fitness Minutes: (72,048)
Posts: 477
9/1/15 1:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
OK - I'm in. I will lose a pound a week from now through Thanksgiving - and beyond. I'm darn good about getting to the gym and getting my exercise - my Fitbit says I burn an average of 2400-2500 calories a day. But, I admit, I have not been on track with eating for some time and that makes all the difference in the world. I will join you all in this endeavor and I will lose it. I have a wedding to get ready for next years, for heaven's sakes!

My happy news is that I have acquired a new kitten. Quite unexpected. A young man approached me as I was getting out of my car last week, asking if I wanted a kitten. His uncle, who he lived with, had told him the cat was going, one way or the other. You all know me, I couldn't let anything bad happen to him and I figured I could find him a home through the shelter I volunteer with. Well, the little orange tabby he brought me came into the house purring so loudly we could hear him in the other room and didn't have any concerns about the dogs or the other cat (though she's been a little put out, but is slowly coming around). He won my husband's hear within a few minutes. We also had house guests at the time (the friends that went on the hike with us) and my friend's daughter, 19 years old, had just come back from being with her dad who is going through Stage 4 colon cancer chemo treatments. This little kitten helped heal her hurting heart a little bit - slept with her both nights. She named him Purrcee. Here he is:

Someone asked about hiking boots. I have two pair, one with ankle support and one without. I use the ankle supported boots on long hikes where terrain is uncertain. I think it's important to have that ankle support. I buy Danner's as they have a long history of making boots for women. Sierra Trading Company is a good on line store for them and they have better prices than most.

I do enjoy reading everyone's posts. I find you all to be really supportive friends. I think of you all frequently and am sending positive thoughts out to you all. I'm not religious, but I do believe in the power of positive thinking and using whatever beliefs you have to help in moving forward. I believe we can all do this - I not only believe it - I KNOW it.

 Pounds lost: 98.0 
 
0
28.25
56.5
84.75
113
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
9/1/15 9:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Tuesday everyone.

Paula - no more beating dead horse. We are going to ride the healthy horse into a new life style. Come on, my friend mount up and we will be on our way.

Phoenix - I am so ready to get back to the pound a week. It has been two weeks with no loss and I am really angry with myself. I am sabotaging my own success. Time for true consistency.

David - There are many reasons to talk to your pastor. He may be able to help you find peace with your situation. He may also have some resources in the health community and can help you with your medical problem. Pastors have far reaching contacts. I would agree with Phoenix that it is probably not the best thing to push them at work too hard. It is odd that in your very conservative state you are having problems getting time to attend church and here in my very liberal state most employers would be afraid to deny someone access to religious service. Please try to stay away from the soda until you can resolve the blood sugar problem. Soda really spikes blood sugar. When your blood sugar gets high it makes your blood think and sticky. It does not flow easily and can cause strokes and kidney problems. You are too important to your family. Your granddaughter needs you if she is going to have a chance at a better life.

Marlene - I am in. I need to really focus on daily compliance. I have such a hard time with unplanned events. I have to learn how to handle the unexpected. I loved your story about your sister throwing out the pans and then thinking that someone else is responsible for replacing them. It made me grateful for my daughter-in-law who would never throw out the pans, but would go on strike for a month telling the family she was too exhausted as a stay at home mother to cook so the kids and her husband now have to do all the cooking and kitchen clean up. I am so tried of people with a far better than average life seeing only their problems and not their good fortune. Everyone has problems, some people have terrible problems, and some people have minor problems. Most people get a combo of both. Focus on the good, deal with the bad and move on without creating more if you can.

Sue - remember what I said about adjusting to retirement. The mind likes consistency and even a good change can upset it. Breathe and relax. I hope you are beginning to feel better.

Today is day #1 of a new renewed path and motivation. Taking it one day at a time. My health , my ability to enjoy life and my life itself are dependent on a healthier life style. My mantra right now is "Every pound lost means less pain" and it is true. I can tell a difference with each pound. Motivation to follow through.
Spark on
Linda

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
9/1/15 6:18 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning everyone:

Ok, I am in the same boat as a lot of us. I attended a Wives and Widows dinner last night for my husband and it was all "STARCH" and of course I ate a little of everything! So all I have to say today is ... Marlene I am in a for a pound a week. I would really like to be somewhere in onederland by Thanksgiving. The good side of it is that I did walk yesterday emoticon

David -- I will not respond to RELIGION but will respond about spirituality. I think spirituality is very important and calling and talking to your pastor is a good start. He may have some suggestions for things you can do without having to talk with your boss. A lot of churches these days are doing home groups that meet different nights of the week. I wouldn't push on your work situation too much unless you have no other options. Right now it is an employers market and they don't have to flexible.



 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/31/15 11:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Off today. Went and got vehicle registration renewed on my van and a couple of other bills paid. Got to spend a quiet hr at the book store with a good cup of coffee. (this is my refresh spot). Quiet, no problems to deal with, mute cell phone...ahhh! Step daughter slipping back to her old ways. Stayed out and rented a room with her boy friend. Called and said needed a quiet night alone to think about her life. Got call while at book store to pick her up. Got there and realized while in parking lot her quiet night yo think about her life and what was important turned to her calling BF to come spend the night...at least it was quiet at home with my wife, granddaughter, and myself....

I really limited my food today. Did drink a soda( no candy or pastery that I share with dtink-, and dinner of 2 eggs, 1 piece of whole wheat toast (dry), and large glass of OJ.

Back to work tomorrow, so out of money for salads at work. Will prob pack ham sandwich, bag of chips, banana and sparkling water( lime flavored.

Am still looking into going on wife's insurance and dumping the DRs I see.

Only medical option I have is try to see DR at ER. Costs a house and car payment...
I try to believe that everything is going to work out someday. That there will always be something going on, and trying hard to see the glass "half full".

My wife has been feeling bad. Believe with all the meds and stress that she is starting to fall apart. I told her to rake the bed in our room. The girls to go in theirs, and the couch for me.
She is always doing so much for us. I try to help out in ways I can. Things have to change or neither of us are going to be around long to take care of our granddaughter. Her mom can't take care of her self let alone her previous little girl.

I hope I don't step on toes for what I'm about to say. (religion). I work every Sunday as its the busiest day at work. My wife has been taking our granddaughter with her to church on Sunday. I wish I could go and have asked boss at work but get the cold shoulder. "remember when you started here 5 years ago you agreed to "open availability". UGH....i feel that something is missing in my life. Over the past years my beliefs have been growing weaker. I keep asking , is this why so many "bad things" have been happening? I don't know . My wife told me that there is a mend prayer group that meets on Wednesday nights at 7pm. I work one "short shift" a week. I'm thinking about calling the pastor and discussing this with him, then talking rationally to my boss. I know it wont be like attending Sunday service but I so much want to try to be part of the church. Any input from any of you? If you don't feel like posting please send me a sp mail.
Okay, think I've rambled on enough for now. Hope ever one gas a good night.
David


 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/31/15 10:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Marlene – Count me in for a pound a week till Thanksgiving. I have avoided the scale for weeks now, so maybe tomorrow or Thursday I will be brave enough to face my number. As for strategy….for me low carb and primarily healthy carbs with low fat protein is the way to go….basically the tenets of the 17 Day Diet

Linda – Hope the book helped you relax and eased your headache. I know that sick feeling from eating unhealthy food. It is such a terrible feeling…you’d think we’d learn from it and avoid such eating. I am going to get back on my horse and ride along with you. Both of us know what to do! We are doing this together.

Sue – I continue to declutter my home too. (thank you Fly Lady) I am so proud of myself with each item I shed…whether it is in the trash or donated to a charity if it is still in good condition. I slept better last night as well, not quite sure why, but I’ll take it.

Phoenix – Congrats on compliant eating and getting in your walking. Celebrate that success!

David – Yikes. I’d be concerned that the blood sample was not able to be used. I have never heard of this happening. I hope you get back there quickly to have more blood drawn. You need answers. Hope your AC is repaired soon.

I was back on plan today and did pretty well. I ate healthy food and exercised as well. Yay…one day in a row for me! I had a bunch of errands to run, including taking the dog to the vet for his “wellness” visit, only he has had a little problem with diarrhea lately. The vet did some blood work, and I hope to those results tomorrow. The vet also put the dog on a probiotic, which will be good for him anyway. On to tomorrow for a much-needed second compliant day. I have a dinner meeting tomorrow for one of my groups but plan to skip it. I get a little tired in the evenings lately and feel like I don’t want to be out till around 8:30 or so which is when these meetings typically end, at the earliest. I know this group will understand if I skip this month’s meeting. Not going will also help me stay on plan.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/31/15 8:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi
A long weekend. My sister is difficult to spend time with; as she is forgetful and doesn't think before she acts. Juggling a husband and 2 boyfriends. Like she got mad at her husband and 17 yr old son for leaving dirty dishes in the sink--so she threw out all the frying pans and dishes Then asking me if I had any extra frying pans to give her. I said no; it was irresponsible for her to do that since she claims she is so poor--but has money to go to the casino. And of course she left the ceiling fan running non stop. I turned the AC up to the coldest I could stand; ad the first night her door was open so I could turn off the ceiling fan when she fell asleep with a secondary floor fan running. The next night she closed the door and that ceiling fan and floor fan ran non stop all evening and night; plus the AC was on and the she opened the window too. Now the house was cool and not hot. But she says she needs it. When I remind her she is 55 and no spring chicken anymore she gets mad, but hey life is not about the party or skin tight clothes.

Anyway, I got off track too on the weekend.

Since we are all collectively off track all we can do is start over September 1.

Summer was so brief and fairly cool; and school started already, next weekend doesn't even seem like a holiday.

So what is your goal? What is your strategy? How much do you want to lose by Thanksgiving? I say we go for 1 pound a week as a reasonable goal.

I am going for 150 again, which seems unattainable but it keeps me focused on my diet and exercise as a way of life.
Stayed on plan and did my work out.

Edited by: SCRIMP1 at: 8/31/2015 (20:10)
Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/31/15 9:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am back to my old pattern. 3-4 good days then a couple of off days then 3-4 good days. I know this does not work. I have all kinds of excuses, but the bottom line is the bottom line. My bad days are not the end of the universe but enough to maintain instead of continued loss. I know what is wrong, I have conquered it before. Time to get back on that horse and ride to the end of the race not the middle.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/31/15 7:09 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Monday Morning everyone!

I was compliant yesterday with food and was able to walk but still not making it consistently to strength train. I had wanted to do my strength training yesterday but my youngest needed us to do errands (buy her stuff) with her yesterday so was lucky to get the walking in. Woke up this morning with a headache. That's probably why my sleep was restless last night. I don't really having anything to report and it seems like several of us had a so-so day yesterday as well. Here's to a better one today.



 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/31/15 12:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula - I am with you -----not a good day. Did OK at Breakfast. Then went out with my daughter to buy paint. We are breakfast at 6 AM did not get lunch until 2 PM I was starving and ate everything in front of me as we drove through sonic. Dinner was soup, but by that time I was feeling sick from all of the fatty food I had eaten. I am going to bed with a book and a headache.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/30/15 9:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just a quick check in from me today. I did not eat on plan again today...UGH! I ate healthy at coffee hour but not enough so that by the time I got home from church I was ravenous. Lesson learned. It wasn't that I ate unhealthy food at home, I just overate...portion control did not exist for me today.I decided not to go to the breakfast tomorrow and am fine with that. I have other appointments planned for tomorrow, and I found that trying to work in the breakfast was stressing me out too much. I was worried that I'd be too tired to take care of my other errands.

Let's make this a good week. Heaven knows that's what I need.

Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/30/15 11:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

I don't know what happened yesterday ... I just missed checking in. I went over and visited my Mom and sister for a bit .. my sister's family heads back to TX tomorrow (maybe) .. they been staying with my Mom since mid July. It's a very hectic place to visit, and I was exhausted by the time I left (after only 2.5 hrs) ... lot of stress there .. you almost can see it in the air. I love my house .. calm, quiet... people caring for one another ... much like this site. Everytime I leave there, I thank God for my life.

I did sleep much better last nite .. feel rested, and even ambitious to do something today .. thanks to all of you for the advice. I AM a light sleeper .. comes from years of listening for the youngest son with his asthma and husband with a bad heart ... I gotta watch 'em! I didn't eat well so STILL didn't lose those couple pounds, but I feel determined today ... to get back on track, eat on plan and treat myself well. It's raining again this morning, so I won't be able to go for a walk, but maybe I can get some things done around the house today. 15 mins to pick up stuff that we can throw away ... I'm still on my quest to de-clutter my house.

Wouldn't life be so boring if we didn't have all these challenges in our lives? Trying to look at things that way.

Have a great day everyone!
God's Peace, Happiness & Health!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/30/15 2:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just checking in. I should be asleep as I work on the morning. I finally made contact with DR office. I said I was beside myself waiting for an answer. Guess what. Nurse practitioner told me "shoot, the DR is out for 2werk vacation.after checking my chart was told sample they took clotted and unusable. I would need to make time next week as a walk in and do it again. That and on arriving back at the apartment found the ac is out again. Now was told coils were bad, needed to be replaced. Unit outside that has just installed was frozen like a pop cycle. Maintenance said would be out sometime this next week
..ugh.....so....I guess all I can do is turn on the fan and try to get some sleep
thermostat is reading 86.

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/29/15 10:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Marlene – You really do need a break. Hope you and your sister enjoy your time together.
Linda – After all the stress you’ve had you definitely should bask and enjoy for a while. Is your SIL looking for work…as a teacher or otherwise? I can understand how he feels down. Hope something worthwhile comes his way soon. Does he do well with the Mr. Mom role at all, helping around the house, etc.?
Phoenix – Great idea about taking an alternate route to the retirees’ breakfast. I am still undecided about whether or not I will go, but now I know if I do go, I will take a more pleasant route to get there. I got a text tonight from a friend who also retired when I did, encouraging me to go. I hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight! Sleep is so important to so many things, including weight loss but also efficient daily functioning.
Joanne – I applaud your successes! I too stay away from pasta and potatoes…for me both stimulate my appetite for more and more carbs.

I ate off plan today for no good reason. Just one of those days. I dropped by one of my charity functions this morning just to say hello to a few folks. I have cut back considerably with this group. They understand and are still very supportive and kind to me. After that I went shopping at Kohl’s because I had $10 in Kohl’s birthday money to spend, with no minimum purchase required. Of course I spent more than $10, but everything I bought was on sale. It feels good to have some new fall items to freshen up my wardrobe, though I am in no hurry for fall to arrive. I was very tired off and on after I got home, which I think contributed to my off plan eating. I am planning to go to church tomorrow, the first time since my surgery 3 weeks ago. I am looking forward to being back at church.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/29/15 7:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Saturday Sparks,

Phoenix - I am trash reading at the moment - Robb - I will be reading Orphan Train for the book Club. It's funny the one book that really gets to me and keeps me awake with ideas is Les Miserables. I cannot read it at night or I will be up all night with ideas churning.

Marlene - I always say that after vacation, you need a vacation to recoup from the vacation. While a change revitalizes your mind, it can sap your energy. It takes a lot of planning and physical exercise to travel. Hope you get the down time you need.

Joanne - You seem to be doing great with your plan. That is one of the nice things about Spark - you do what works for you. Everyone is a little different and everyone's path and plan is a little different. That is the way it should be because we are all individuals.

Paula - do I ever need a haircut. I think I will get one this Tuesday. Wednesday is nails. Next week is the doctor and dentist. Then I think I will be caught up for a while. You are sounding better and stronger each day. You go girl!!

Sue - sometimes when I am having problems staying asleep I will put benedryl beside the bed and take one at midnight or 1. If I take it early then it does not help me sleep through the night. If I take it after 1 then I am groggy the next morning, but if I take one in the middle of the night it really seems to help. It also helps me breathe through the night.

David - sorry your stressor is back. I understand your wife's need to help her daughter, but have you considered going to Al anon together? I think it would help her understand not only her daughter but also her own perspective. As far as healthy eating the one thing that I always turn to when I am broke is chicken. You can cook up a couple of chicken and then use the leftovers for sandwiches and other meals. chicken is healthy, and cheap.

Debby - looking forward to hearing more from you. We need our exercise guru back.

Cat - join us when you are ready to pounce.

I am on track with eating today. I went to water aerobics and feel much better. My backyard is almost finished. The house should have all new and weather tight windows and doors by next Friday. So far things are coming in under bid. I think I will have enough money left for my pool (the expensive one) and may be solar also. My cousin is in remission, my son may have a new job and I may actually get all of my credit cards paid off. the only little glitch in my life is my son-in-law not having a job and being rather depressed at the moment. I am feeling very very fortunate at the moment. I know there will be problems, but right now I am basking in the glow of good fortune.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/29/15 1:49 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning Everyone:

Well I didn't sleep well last night, actually couldn't go to be until after 5:00 this morning and then kept waking up every hour. I was reading a book before bed and sometimes depending on how engrossing the book is, I can put it down and leave it alone. Gets all up in my head and then I can't sleep. Needless to say, I don't read books usually except on Friday and Saturday nights so that if it happens, its not too bad a problem (lol).

I was compliant yesterday and got in my exercise. Plan on eating fish, asparagus and salad tonight. So should do OK. I lost of the weight I gained and then some, so I am still on target. I am trying to decide when I can get to the gym tonight and weight train or maybe I will consider tonight as my day off and do it tomorrow when my husband can join me. I really want to finish that book I started (lol). Just laze round and read.

Marlene -- enjoy your sister and hopefully you an get some rest this weekend too. I really hate going back to work from the weekend still tired. Doesn't usually make for a good week.

Linda -- Your house is going to be wonderful when your done, like being in a new and YAY on your car being back! I know you were ready for that.

Paula -- well is sounds like your back in action! I know about those long commutes to work, eventually you get to where you can hardly stomach the thought of driving that route again especially if it is one with a lot of traffic. If you decide to go, enjoy yourself, maybe take an alternate route that is more scenic...

David - Yeah, bologna not a good choice of sandwich item to have around. If not into peanut butter, turkey or chicken even roast beef would be better. They have so family packs that are just as cost effective as bologna. Bologna is one of my husbands favorites, so we generally use it as treat like fathers day or something because its nutritional values. I also try to keep all junk food or items that are really not supported by my diet out of the house. And as I have discussed here before, there are just somethings I have to stay away from or I can't but binge. Best thing to do is plan ahead for these stressful times. You know they will come, so its better to have a strategy ready. I know if its not in the house handy, I usually an too tired or generally not motivated enough to go out and get it. So I keep things around that you can munch on in these times that fit my food plan and don't cost me a lot if a hit a binge -- celery with some peanut butter or hummus is a good one to hit the spot. We do make our how peanut butter or get natural to lessen the calorie and carb hit with the peanut butter. Did you get your A1C results?

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/29/15 10:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning Everyone:

I have company this weekend,Mu sister arrived from VA by train for a short visit until tomorrow. I am tired from traveling and an exhausting work week--I got back last Saturday. I just need to relax.
I took her to my work happy hour yesterday where they have free food and wine/beer.

Will try to stay on plan today.

Justme-how exciting to get your house remodeled. Home improvements are so satisfying at least you can see where you spent your money and enjoy it. Thats one of the reasons I decided to stay in my home after spending so much on improvements.

Tammyand--Glad to hear you are back up to speed.

Sue--Your out of sorts--once you have some clear goals in mind you'll feel more settled and content and motivated.
Marlene



Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/29/15 8:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
cement is being poured today. Doors and windows next Wednesday and then the inside of the house.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/29/15 1:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula, just calorie counting for me. I love carbs of every kind. I do try to avoid pasta and only allow myself regular potatoes once in a great while.

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/28/15 11:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sue – Yikes, sorry to hear about your multiple wake ups during the night. You must really be a light sleeper. It’s unfortunate that you wake up so easily during the night even when taking the Melatonin. When I wake up during the night it is usually due to my skin problems or a foot cramp. But at least with the Melatonin I do feel well rested on most mornings when I wake up.

Linda – Sounds like good reason for a joy ride!!! Woo Hoo!!

David – Sorry to see that your step daughter is creating more stress for you. One way to avoid the problem of caving on comfort food is to not have it on hand in the first place. I know, this is easier said than done. I guess it’s not too bad if you do that just occasionally, but try not to make a habit of it. Honestly, anytime I have turned to comfort food, it really was not comforting in the long run. My thoughts on bologna in general…stay away from it….it is not good for you or anyone in your household and certainly not good for your little granddaughter….high sodium, full of nitrates that can cause cancer, high fat, little if any nutritional value, etc. Don’t waste your hard earned money on it. A jar of peanut butter probably costs less and is better for you.

Joanne – You are doing fabulous…dropping another 2 pounds. Woo Hoo!!! Are you doing low carb or just counting calories? I can’t remember.

I was on track again today. I had baked my fish for dinner tonight with green beans and a very nice salad. Today I made a bunch of appointments that are long overdue. I had been reluctant to make these appointments till now because I wasn’t sure if I’d be up to keeping them. But I think I am pretty much back to normal. So now the dog has a vet appointment, I have a haircut appointment, I have rescheduled lunch with a co-worker who retired when I did, and a friend is coming to visit me next week. I am invited to have breakfast with a group of retirees from my place of employment this coming Monday. I did not commit one way or another to this. I gave a definite “maybe.” It is an hour drive each way (I commuted an hour each way for over 30 years), and I don’t know how I feel about getting up super early in the morning and then driving an hour….just like I did when I worked. So I am thinking about it. I know I’d enjoy seeing some of the folks who will be there. I will just have to see how I feel Monday morning.



Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/28/15 5:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda, yay, your car is back! I would be nuts without mine.

Marlene,, congrats on the coming grandbaby! What fun you'll have!

Paula, glad you're doing better every day.

David, I had just been cheering because it looked like things were looking up for you. Keep doing what you can and making those changes.

Sue, sounds like you are kind of up and down. Hope you can get some better sleep. Everything seems easier when you aren't so tired.

I weighed in this morning. Another 2 pounds for me! Chugging along!

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/28/15 4:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Paula: glad to hear you are up and about ... recovering well. I too like having good choices in the house. I know about the salt, and reading labels ... problem is .. I like the flavor of salt. I prefer "salty" things to "sweet" things. But, I do watch it.

Marlene: wow! double congrats .. losing the pounds AND a new grandson .. how exciting!! Babies in the family are wonderful! and so handsome too! Congrats!

David: so sorry to hear of your added stress again! You certainly do have your share of it .. but please be understanding of your wife's "mother" instinct. I know I would never give up on my children. Take one step at a time. You'll get through this. Tomorrow's a new day!

Linda: Yay! Yay! Yay! glad to hear you got your car back finally .. it's all good from here! Have a great day!

I didn't do so well yesterday ... started out good, but then was tired, grumpy and the munchies took over ... so today ..I start again. I was still down a lb this morning .. and 1 more to go to be back to my 104# loss ... I get so mad at myself when I do this .. why do I do it? I'm feeling better so far today ... it's Friday .. how can I not feel better? I feel like I slept better last nite .. took an ibuprofen with my restless leg med so my hips and knees were not aching ... I've been doing melatonin 3 days, then none for 4 days ... seems to help. I must just be too nosey ... I wake up when younger son goes to bed (about 1 hr or so after me), then I wake up when hubby comes home from work (1.5 hrs or so after I'm in bed), then I wake up when hubby comes to bed (2.5-3. hrs after I go to bed) .. then I seem to sleep until about 3:30 or 4am .. then I keep waking up, or dreaming crazy stuff ... then I'm tired when I get up. But ... better today .. so I'll take it!

Grandson cut our grass yesterday afternoon, and I trimmed while the 2yr old napped .. now the grass looks better, and I can sit on my swing without mosquitoes hanging around by my ankles. It's not too warm today, but muggy .. rain is coming. Talked to older son in SC last nite .. they are buckling down for the incoming storms ... I told him to come home ... (I'm such a mom).

Well .. back to it ... the princess is awake from her nap.

Have a great rest of your day everyone!

God's Peace Health & Happiness!
Sue



The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/28/15 11:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just a quick note. I am on my way out the door to DRIVE MY CAR!!!! My car is home. My car is home. MY buddy, my pal. I am so happy to see you.

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/28/2015 (14:32)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/28/15 10:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm starting off track today. I'm trying to keep it together but stress level jumped up about 10 steps last night. Step daughter "more", back in the picture again. My wife got call, "mom, I don't or bf, have amy money", I'm hungry, not sleeping, etc"...so.... My wife caved and let come stay again. I told her I'm not going to go through it all again like last time. She said " she's my daughter, my flesh and blood, what else am I supposed to do?".

I'm trying to keep my distance, staying in our room as much as possible. "out of sight out of mind".

I took my granddaughter to daycare and got home. Broke down to comfort food of 2 bologna and mayo sandwiches as breakfast. Not to exaggerate, but no money to buy healthy right now, using what we have.

I joined the 30 days challenge that popped up yesterday. Walked 20 mins yesterday after work around the neighborhood. But today. In stead of challenge of good breakfast
... I know there are always going to be UPS and down days.

Well, just about time to jump in shower and get ready for work.
Hope everyone here has a great day. David

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/27/15 8:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Down 2 more pounds today and am on track with eating and did not exercise today since it would have been 4 days in a row.

Found out today my baby son and his wife are expecting a boy. My fist grandson! Jan 20 is the due date. The Ultra Sound pix they sent me shows the baby already looks like my son (and me) he is spitting image of me.

Cool pictures, Debbie!

Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/27/15 7:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Marlene – You are amazing! Ten pounds! Woo Hoo. You know how to do it! Congrats on the dance contest. Give yourself credit. I bet you wowed them.

David- So good to see that things are going well for you at work. That should relieve a little of your stress. Hope you get the results from your doctor soon. When I have blood work done, I always have the lab send a copy of the results directly to me in addition to having it sent to my doctors. I stopped using one lab that was not very good about that in a timely manner.

Debby – Great pictures! What an adventure!

Phoenix – I don’t have any special recipes for my fish. I usually bake in in our toaster oven after spraying it with a little olive oil and squeezing fresh lemon juice on it. Sometimes I add a little garlic powder and paprika if I think of it, but usually I keep it simple…light spray of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. When I make salmon I sometimes add dill, but I love salmon and most fish so much that it never tastes “fishy” in an unpleasant way to me.

Sue – Glad your hubby did so well with the root canal. Salt does a number on me all the time, as you all know because I gripe about it so much on this thread. I am exceedingly diligent in reading labels and making choices based on sodium content.

Linda – Glad you opted to visit with some old friends. Sounds like a good way to get your mind off of your car woes. You are faithful with your water aerobics…so a day with friends sounds perfectly reasonable to me, especially since the friends have wheels!


I had another good day today, perhaps my best eating day since before my surgery. I grocery shopped today, all by myself for the first time. (Last week my friend went with me.) I stocked up on all healthy foods and just love the security of knowing that I have a variety of healthy options on hand….so no off-plan eating excuses. I got in a lot of extra walking at the grocery store today because the store was very empty and there weren’t even a lot of folks stocking shelves, etc. Sometimes the shelf stockers slow me down a bit if they are crowding out the aisles. I felt super energized after I shopped but now am very tired again. I am sleeping pretty well at night and haven’t been taking Melatonin every night…just every few nights..which I think works best for me. I expect tomorrow to be a relatively quiet day.

Tomorrow is Friday already! I am looking forward to a good weekend and wish the same for everyone else.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/27/15 4:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Linda:

Next week, when the 3 older kids are back to school, I might take a short nap when the 2yr naps. I know I've dozed off a couple times when she goes down for nap .. that might be the answer. I also need to get more exercise in ... on days when we pick up sticks in the yard, or I come home and do some of my yardwork, I actually feel better.

I'm glad you are feeling better today too ... I know we have sunshine today, and that helps.

Have a great day!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/27/15 11:04 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Thursday Sparks
It is so nice to have so many people back on the board. I am feeling much more motivated today, maybe it is because you are all here with me.

Sue - have you considered taking a nap at noon? Catch 15-30 minutes of sleep and see if it refreshes you for the rest of the day. Most recommendations for naps say they must be before 3 PM and no longer than 30 minutes. This might be your body's way of saying "Hey, I need a recharge." Your blood pressure does not sound like it is scary low. My husbands used to get down to 60/40 when he was really suffering from congestive heart failure.

Phoenix - I am so jealous- I would love to be able to walk. I used to walk 2 miles every morning. I miss it so much.

David - I am so happy yo are pushing on your health issues. I think this is a NSV. It is so easy to let our own issues go because we are so focused on family and work. I hope you can join your wife on her insurance as yours sound like one of those who let sick people die rather than treat them because it is cheaper.

Debby - wonderful pics. It is so nice to have you back. Your husband is such a trooper, just like you. Both of you have health issue and are doing things people half your age and with no issues cannot do. Kudos!!!




goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/27/15 10:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Phoenix: I don't think this is considered "LOW, LOW" BP .. 100/73, 112/70 .... I'm watching more for a pattern. MY BP used to be 125 or 130 over high 80s, and sometimes 90 ... been that way for years. My bigger concern is how tired I feel lately .. I just want to sleep. I don't think it's depression ... I'm just tired. I feel better most mornings .. not really "raring to go" .. but better .. but by noon , I could use a nap ... hubby says "we're old" and we're going to be tired.

Ok .. just wanted to answer.

Have a good day!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/27/15 9:53 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning everyone:

Was compliant yesterday and got in a 4 mile walk. Can't complain about that. I think I will focus on getting the walking back up first and them work on being more regular with my strength training. I hope to get to the gym this afternoon for that. But stuff from work keeps coming up.

Sue - dinner sounded wonderful. I have to stay away from that bread too though. Glad you and hubby are doing well. How low is low on the blood pressure?

David -- I agree with Linda there really isn't any reason for an A1C to take that long to get back. Stay on them!

Linda - Oh heavens, I hope they get their stuff together on your car soon. You really has been a bit long. But its best to say positive...its going to do so well when you get it back!

Paula - the birthday dinner sounded excellent and all for 1.77 can't beat that! I'm in the same boat with Sue, I tend to over cook fish and need more variety of ways to fix it. I really prefer it not to taste like fish so any recipes you have to share that would be great!

Debbie -- You trips sounded so wonderful. I don't know if I would have the perseverance right now to make that hike to the summit! That is serious exercise. My hubby would have loved it. I tell him all the time that when he wants to do hiking somewhere it is always UP! But I am working at getting better at it. Maybe someday I can do the trek you just did. As I get more of the weight off, stairs and going up doesn't seem to bother my knees as bad. I always worry about turning an ankle as well on the look dirt and rocks on the climbing hikes. I tend to turn them a lot. I did get a pair of hiking boots and used on the climb up the Mesa the weekend before last and that seemed to help keeping my ankle more stable. Any suggestions?


Well got to get more stuff done, hope everyone has a good day!



 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/27/15 9:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Phoenix: my day off was good .. wasn't really a restful day, but I got to spend time with hubby (although he was sleeping thru most of the time), and got to do some "slow cooking."

Paula: glad to hear your birthday was fun! That's the way it should be. And $1.77 for dinner .. love that! I like fish too ... I'm not good at cooking it, but I'm trying to learn. I tend to overcook I think .. my fear of getting poisoned from raw food. It sounds like you are getting a boost of energy back after your surgery .. don't let your mind push you too hard, but the moving around is good to hear. Yep ... I don't know how I worked full time all those years, and got anything done. Unlike some of the younger generations, I didn't use "work time" for appts ... it's different in the workplace nowadays.

Linda: OMGosh! That car business does sound frustrating! Hugs to you. Hang in there, it will get resolved ... breathe in / breathe out ... that's what I keep telling myself this all the time too! That is a good idea to make a list of all the meds, and their dosages ... even if it's just to remind me to talk about it. My appt IS for a "med check" .. since I had my physical 6 mos ago. My doc and I did talk about lowering the BP meds, and she said to monitor my blood pressure, and any "symptoms." Heath issues scare me.

Debbie: those pics are amazing! and YOU are amazing that you can do that hiking ... I would like to try some hiking, tho I'm not sure that I could do that climbing ... Is there such a thing as "flat land" hiking? emoticon ... needless to say .. I do get inspired when I hear about your adventures.

David: I agree with others' comments about pushing the doc's office for results .. I don't understand how they don't see that this is worrying you. I know what you mean about the medical insurance. Hubby and I need to review our options to decide what we are going to do once my severence runs out .. either we take my retirement insurance, go on his insurance, or look for an outside source. It'll be one of the 1st two I think .. but we need to compare numbers ...

Hubby is fine from the root canal. He went to work last night .. and called to say he was good. He took some Tylenol to help with a headache .. he always gets one from the novocaine ... the the root canal itself was not bothering him. I'm still feeling fine too. I've been taking my BP 2x a day, and each time doing it once sitting and once standing. It's been been lower each time, and then even lower when I do the standing one. Yesterday, I made some slow cooker beef stew and bread bowls for dinner. I did this because my younger son was planning on having one at the Renaissance Faire, but due to our leaving early, he didn't get one. He smiled about my making this. Unfortunately, it was really yummy .. so I ate an extra portion .. and weight was up today. I'm sure it was the salt intake, so today, I'll be pumping water, and back on track! It IS something how salt affect my weight, and temperature. Last nite, I felt too warm and had trouble getting to sleep. I'm sure it's the salt.

I've noticed that our chat link has dropped to 4th place .. is that because we don't have as many posts going on. I think I'll check in more each day (if I can) to see if we can bring it into 1st place. What do you think? A challenge for our group? Funny ... the silliest ideas sometimes!

Well .. I'm set for the day .. smoothie made, salad fixin's ready for lunch ... crocheting thoughts in my head to keep me from snacking.

Have a great day everyone!
God's Peace, Health & Happiness (and help with Linda's car issues)!
Sue


The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/27/15 12:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi all, first of all the hiking pictures were amazing. Thanks for sharing them. I don't know how you did it but..HIGH FIVE!!!!!!!.

Today went well at work, more new changes, new upper mgmt, ideas. I'll still be able to retain at least 36 hrs a week. That and with the raise, will both work out .

I tried calling the Dr. On both breaks and durring my 30min lunch. Left messages to please call back.....of course.....nothing.....

I'm going to find out if I can switch and go on my wife's insurance. Ours is not working at all. Denial 6 times to cover meds, $400.00 deductsble after a $4,000.00 out of pocket expence along with an 80/20 coverage. It comes out weekly for around $165.00 a month...
It's crazy as we are restricted to purchase meds only at our company pharmacy.

When I logged on I see that there were more changes to this site. Pretty cool. I signed up for the 30 day challenge. I still look forward to this team as I respect and look forward to all of your comments. I like to see to of others accomplishments. Inspiring. It's sometimes good to know other do understand how I feel through their own experiences.

Well, better go. It's after 11:00pm. I need to get up at 630am. So enjoy the rest of your evening and a great tomorrow. David

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
DEBBYHS's Photo DEBBYHS SparkPoints: (121,225)
Fitness Minutes: (72,048)
Posts: 477
8/26/15 10:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone. Sorry I've been missing in action for so long. I've been busy, had guests, and just plain focused on other things. Much has happened for all of you and I'll try to find time to read through all of the posts I've missed, but for now will just let you all know that I've been hiking a lot - last week to that Arch Rock I had told you about. We made it all six miles there and back this time. My Fitbit said I burned over 4000 calories that day. Here's a picture at that rock

Then yesterday we repeated our hike to the Mt. St. Helen's summit. As you may recall, this was a 10+ mile round trip hike ascending from 3400' elevation to 8345' elevation, climbing through bould0er fields and the final 1000' ascent through sand dune like material. Unlike last year when it was raining and windy and so very cold (making for a miserable hike), this year was sunny and warm. Thankfully it was not too hot. We went with some friends from southern Oregon and their daughter. We did make it to the top again. It was tough, but amazing once we got there. Here we are at the top:
Looking down where we started down in the tree you see way below:

Our friend taking a rest in one of the boulder fields we had to climb through:


It took us from 7 a.m. til 10 p.m. to do it and we are all stiff and tired. I'm taking a day or so off from exercise and will ease back into it over the next couple of days. It was so worth it but now we're setting our sights on some other hikes that will not necessarily be easy, but maybe not so challenging as this one was. Two years in a row is enough, especially since we got the views we so wanted to see - including being able to see Mt. Ranier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams from one place as well as into the caldera of Mt. St. Helen's where we could actually see the steam vents steaming and hear the mud pots bubbling. My Fitbit said I burned over 5500 calories yesterday. Needless to say, I did not stay in my calorie range. I needed a little more energy that that emoticon

I'll check in a little more often as life gets a little back to normal... if there is such a thing. Take care everyone.

 Pounds lost: 98.0 
 
0
28.25
56.5
84.75
113
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/26/15 9:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Marlene - WOW! a dance contest!!!! Super! and then a massage, double super

David - I did my blood work (A1C) on Tuesday like yesterday and have the results today!! There is something wrong with your doctor and lab. This is a quick test and it is important. Be be squeaky wheel- this is your life we are talking about! Your family needs you. Please make them take care of this.

Paula - oh, yum, fresh fish. I am jealous. There are only a few things that live in the water that I have not eaten, I have never tried eel or sea urchin. Fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and frogs I have eaten. $1.77 for dinner- I think that is a NSV. LOL! Tonight I made gazpacho - which I love with black beans.

Phoenix - So what did you have at the restaurant? I like Mediterranean food, so many good eggplant dishes and fish cooked with tomatoes and olives.

Sue when you talk to the doctor be sure to take all of your meds with you and remind him/her that you have lost over 100 pounds. They get sidetracked and forget when you have had major health changes (particularly for the better)

OMG - the mechanic just decided he needs some money to buy parts for my car. I have offered it to him 3 times!!! So, no car yet. I am having to make choices I do not like. Tomorrow, I had to decide between going to water aerobics and going to see some old friends. I choose the old friends. One of them is picking me up and driving me home. I am not a happy camper.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/26/15 9:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Quick flyby to say happy birthday to Tammyand.

I am exhausted its a late day and had to eat late (I hate that) but I have worked out three days in a row and have dropped 10 pounds since Saturday when I got home. Lack of Water, salty food, and drinking pina coladas all day is not a good combo
Strict compliance works post vacation. Still eating 1200 cals.

Sue--Sorry to hear you fainted; I hope it turns out to be nothing wrong.

Justme-my condolences again on your sister-in-laws passing.

Hi to everyone else I am so tired I can barely type

Jamaica--I won a dance contest and the prize was a 20 minute swedish massage in the spa. Don't know how I did it but my grandaughter cheered me on. And I am not a good dancer the others were just worse than me, LOL.

Phoenix--Mediterannean food is not my favorite but I do love cous cous and lamb chops. Enjoy.

Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/26/15 10:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Phoenix – I suspect you will do well at the Mediterranean restaurant. So much is touted about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Hope you enjoy your lunch!

David – So proud of you for opting for water instead of the sugary soda. Doesn’t it feel great to take good care of yourself? You are building momentum….it just keeps getting better and better.

Sue – Best wishes to your DH on the root canal. They are not fun! So even on your “day off” you are still a care giver! Don’t you wonder how you took care of things when you worked full time? Glad you got an appointment with your doctor. I find it frustrating that we sometimes have to wait to see the doc, but Sept. 9 will be here before you know it.

Joanne – Impressive exercise streak…It is paying off for you at the scale. Keep up the great work. You are amazing….doing so well in spite of all the challenges you face. Woo Hoo!

Linda – Great that you could get your car back today. Are you planning to go for a joy ride???? Nice that you have been able to use your SIL’s vehicle.

Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes. I had one of the best birthdays I’ve had in a long time. DS and I went to Outback Steakhouse where I had steak tacos but didn’t eat the shells. I figured it was the lowest calorie way to get some red meat (which I rarely make at home). DS and I just enjoyed dinner and each other’s company. He had a coupon and gift cards so when all was said and done the bill was $1.77 plus a tip. Not bad, huh? DS asked if I wanted a cake. I declined and didn’t miss it. I also shopped at CVS yesterday for the first time in ages. I got in some extra walking there as the store wasn’t busy and the manager kind of knows me a bit and knows I like to walk holding on to the cart. I bought a cinnamon supplement as I have heard it helps with inflammation. I sometimes add cinnamon to my coffee but figured I am not really getting all that much just doing that…So now I added cinnamon capsules to my vitamin/supplement regiment. Tonight I am baking fish for myself for dinner. DS doesn’t like anything that swims. A church friend dropped off the fish, freshly caught yesterday. I forgot to ask him what kind of fish it is, and I can’t tell by looking at it. He also brought me many fresh tomatoes from his garden, so I will make a tomato salad as well. DS will enjoy that. I am running out soon to take our dog to the groomer. So many things lapsed while I was taking care of my own medical issues, so now I am trying to get caught up…must make appointment for a long overdue haircut for me, reschedule lunch dates with friends, etc.


Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 8/26/2015 (10:57)
Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/26/15 6:43 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning!

I had a good day yesterday but didn't get to exercise because of work spilling into my evening as well. Its a regular monthly required community meeting. It gets in the way of my personal stuff but its a good and useful meeting. At well yesterday so no problems there. Today will be a challenge because I have lunch meeting I have to attend. Its at a Mediterranean restaurant so I should find something that I can work with.

David -- way to go on skipping the soda. You are on the right track. It really is about breaking some of the old bad routines we have set up over the years. And some of them we don't even think about or realize until we start tracking our food intake.

Sue -- I hope you enjoyed your day off!

Everyone have a great Wed!

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/25/15 9:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Linda: I feel for your sense of worry about people dying around you .. I've gone thru that. It's hard to realize how short our lives can be. I know that I want to "make a difference" .. Not sure if I've done that yet. I do have confidence that I'm going to meet my loved ones in heaven one day. I read your blog … congrats on being featured .. It was spot on! We have had it drilled into us that if we are not perfect, then we are flawed … but no one is perfect. I don't have the confidence in myself .. But I am working on it. Glad to hear things are finally moving along for you .. Renovations and car-wise.6

Marlene: glad to have you back, and really glad you had a great vacation! You'll be back on track in no time .. Cuz .. You have the right attitude.

Paula: Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day! Don't wear yourself out.

Phoenix: I've had some enlightening experiences with foods too .. Sometimes, where you least expect it … lesson learned, read the labels before eating.

Joanne: I have to stay away from chips too .. Don't buy them at my house at all. Good for you on the exercise streak, and the limited portions at the birthday party. Isn't it funny how we change when we really pay attention?

David: Yay for you on skipping the soda! That is a victory you can be proud of .. Give yourself a star each time you do it, and watch the stars grow!

I've made an appt for the doc, explaining what happened on Sunday … my appt is on Sept 9th. The triage nurse called me back today, and said that I need to take my blood pressure 2x a day (each time with one sitting and one standing) and monitor the numbers, drink more water to ensure I'm hydrated, and if I have any "symptoms" again, or notice the blood pressure being really low, to call them back again, and they'll get me in sooner. I've been feeling fine … tired .. But that hasn't changed. I had blood sugar tests done in Feb, and they were fine, and I drink water all the time … so I'm really not sure what it could have been. My daughter has fainted a couple times in the last few years, and they seem to think it was a Vitamin D deficiency … I take Vitamin D. We'll monitor and wait for the appt.

Tomorrow, I have the day off from babysitting. Hubby is having a root canal, and I'm driving him. My daughter made arrangements with the other grandparents to watch the kids all day, so I didn't have to worry about getting there too. After today, I'm glad for that .. Kids were grumpy all day .. Cloudy, cooler weather .. And full moon coming this weekend ?? Oh well .. I'll enjoy part of my day off anyway.

God's Peace, Happiness and Health to all!

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/25/15 10:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning all. Just got back from dropping off my granddaughter at daycare and will be getn ready for work soon. After I take her I had a habit of stopping at a convient store on way home and get a 20 soda and lottery scratch off. Bypast the stop and settled for water at home.,
Was off yesterday and went and washed clothes, bills, etc. Always so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Used to have my 2days off together, but they started splitting them.
We went back to 8hr shifts. The 10s were a bit long, esp when you tired or under the weather.

I still am waiting for lab results to come back on my A1C. Called yesterday and was told to "please be patient and hang in there. They would call me ". Wow, it's hard to sit back when I really want to know what's going on.

Well, got to go feed the dog and start getn ready for work. Hope everyone has a great day!!;;

David

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/25/15 9:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Birthday, Paula = enjoy, relax, reflect

Marlene - sounds like a wonderful trip - share with us

Joanne - NSV!!! on exercise - good for you

Phoenix - Isn't it strange how just one thing can change the outcome of a day? I used to use Velveeta all the time. It has not been in my house for a year. I used to always add it to cheese sauce to make it creamier then use other cheeses for flavor.

Paula - my favorite bbq item is tritip. I usually get the best at my son's house. BBQ around here is not so good.

Sue take care and see the doc

Debby - hope all is well

I have finally talked to the contractor who should start in 2 weeks. I went a little wild on the back year and ended up a little over budget so I am going to have to be careful. My car should be back tomorrow. Windows and doors either the end of this week or the beginning of the next. I am on track and doing my shopping today. using my SIL's car.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/25/15 8:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy birthday, Paula!

Sounds like a fun vacation, Marlene! Glad you had a good time.

Linda, funerals are always rough and that's only the beginning. It's a good thing to grieve and to recognise your own mortality. As someone who believes in heaven and hell, I think it's important to think about what comes after death.

Sue, scary! Wouldn't it be great if you could get off your meds?!

Phoenix, ambushed by Velveta! Cheese can do you in so fast!

I am doing okay. Had a birthday party on Saturday and splurged on half a piece of pie and a tiny portion of potato salad. Tasted good but kind of gave me a stomach ache. Guess I know to just take it really slow with the sweets now. Glad I didn't eat any more than I did. My real temptation is still chips. I avoid even looking at them if I can! There's nothing good about them so while I won't say I won't ever eat them again, I know they shouldn't be something I eat more than rarely. They are like drugs to a drug addict to me!

Still rolling with my exercise streak. Over 50 days now. When I started, many days I was just getting the bare minimum of 10 minutes in to keep the streak alive. Now I only do that on days when I'm really exhausted. It does help to have the exercise bike. I can now do that for a long time and not be exhausted.

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/25/15 7:09 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning!

OK, small victory, I walked yesterday but blew it on eating, not intentionally. My daughter told me to use some Velveeta cheese when I made the cheese sauce for our chicken last night and since she was eating on the same meal plan I didn't even look at the calories. BIG mistake. There are a ton of calories in Velveeta. I charged myself for a full 1.25 inches. That may be too much but probably not. So that wasn't good. Lesson learned!

Linda - Congrats on the blog! When is the book coming? I hear you on the issue of mortality. Its hard not to think about it from time to time when you are on this side of 50.

Marlene -- Glad you are back with us! Would love to see pictures too. Did you get any cute clothes on your shopping trip? I know you will knock off those unwanted pounds in no time.

Sue -- Yes definitely go to the doctor! That is not a normal thing.

Paula - Happy Birthday to you! Yeah on the doctors visit and the good control at Smokey Bones. I love BBQ and have to really work to stay out of the cobblers a lot of those places have.

A shout out to everyone we haven't heard from recently! Hope you are doing well. Warm wishes for a successful day to everyone.

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/24/15 10:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sue –Woo hoo for 102!!!! Scary fainting episode. I would definitely see my doctor soon as it sounds like you might need some medication adjustments.

Phoenix – I’ve slacked off on exercise since my surgery. I am planning to gradually work back up to where I was before. I know you are very good at exercise and will get back at it full strength. You’ll work off those 2 pounds and more…I know it!

Linda – Congrats on being a featured blog. I have told you before that you are an excellent writer (on top of your many other wonderful attributes!). I hear you on the mortality issues. I turn 58 tomorrow. My mother died at age 62, and as that number gets closer I think about these things a bit. When my aunt died last year, we cousins all realized that she was the last of that generation and now we are the oldest generation in the family…All the more reason to get healthy and live life to the fullest and healthiest!!!

Marlene – Welcome back! Missed you! Will you be posting any photos from your vacation? I bet you looked MAHvelous!

I had a good day today with making healthy eating choices. I went to my rheumatologist (70 miles north of here). I go with my friend and her husband as her husband sees the same rheumatologist so we make our appointments together. We always make a day of it, going out to eat on the way home. We went to Smokey Bones where I had smoked brisket(one of my all time favorite foods when prepared correctly), steamed broccoli, and roasted corn. The spark tracker shows Smokey Bones full serving of brisket to be 520 calories. Since this meal was both lunch and dinner, I am well within my calorie range. We had fun, and I got a good report at the rheumatologist. If my blood work comes back ok and if I don’t have any bad flares, I don’t have to go back to him for 6 months. DS wants to take me out to dinner for my birthday tomorrow. Not sure where, but I know he has some ideas. I told him we would decide tomorrow, depending on how I feel, as after a full day out like today, I might be a little tired. But I know it would mean a lot to him to take me out so we will probably go.


Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 8/24/2015 (22:50)
Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/24/15 8:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Everyone:
Got back from Jamaica Saturday. We had a fabulous time and 7 day week was perfect. My family didn't want to leave the resort at all. I went out one day on a little shopping excursion tour. We had a nice room ocean front balcony room with a connect door with my son and his wife's room. Food was good, drinks flowing, so I find myself up several pounds.

The day we got there 2 of 4 checked bags were not on the plane it was on the next plane so we had to wait 2 hours for it to come in. It was OK since the room wasn't ready until 3 anyway.

Its strict eating for now on; gotta get back to where I was. I wore my short shorts too!
Of course I went to the fitness center today and will continue to do so all week until I get this temp weight off. I was so glad I brought the wig it saved me from flat ironing and curling my hair everyday.




Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/24/15 7:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just had to share. I blogged yesterday and it became one of the "featured" blogs. Made me feel good. today has been a good day.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/24/15 12:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sue - I know a number of people that have either lowered their BP meds or totally gone off of them after losing weight. I would definitely go to the doctor.

Phoenix - I did not exercise yesterday and I did not eat very well. I thought I knew what I was doing when I ordered a salad at Farmer Boys and had no dressing, but when I got home and checked it was 600 calories without dressing. My goal is to keep my meals under 400 calories. Best laid plans and all that. Well I am back on track today. Hope your day is successful and positive.

Gini - I am ready to sign up for that diet - 100 pounds in a week - when we market it will will make a fortune.

Paula - so nice to hear you so charged up and feeling great. Take care and enjoy.

Joanne, Marlene, David, Deby, Cat and anyone else I missed. Thinking of you - hope all is well in your world.

Yesterday was harder than I expected. My daughter joked "Are you worried you might be the next to die?" It was no joke. My brother age 75, my cousin age 65 and myself age 67 are the last of our generation. All parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are dead. My brother's wife is 20 years younger than he is. My cousin's husband is dead. So, yes, my own mortality was staring me in the face. It was also hard that my sis-in-law who had become a good friend and someone I visited regularly was now gone. Will I still have contact with my husband's side of the family? I do not know how this will work out.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/24/15 9:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!

Gini: Oh!... to be able to lose weight that quickly would be something wouldn't it? I've been struggling to get back to my 100lb loss since April ... many excuses, not staying focused ... etc, etc ... I feel like I am getting better control again ... never perfect, but taking more time for myself, and that seems to be my way to success. As of today, I'm at TOTAL loss of 104. ... if I stay focused, I can meet my goal to be in OneDerLand by my birthday (Oct2). So much of this has been because of the support of this group ...

Phoenix: you will be back on track, once your schedule can resume it's normal pace .. I have confidence in you. I know that when I'm busy taking care of everyone else, I don't take time to take care of myself. I need to treat myself as well as I treat others ... and for me .. that means healthy choices. ... sometimes, I put the radio on and dance a little bit ... works as exercise right?

Linda: {{hugs}} hope you are doing as well as can be. Praying for you and family for peace in your hearts.

Well .. we had a busy weekend again .. and an adventure yesterday. Hubby worked 12 hours on Saturday, so i puttered around the house, did some crocheting, went to Sat eve Mass, and prepared foods for DS to cook on the grill. He made asparagus, baked potatoes and pork chops. I have to tell you, the asparagus was delicious!!! He grumbles a bit, because he doesn't like asparagus, and last time we tried it, he cooked it to death .. but this time was great. Yesterday, hubby had off work, and wanted to go to Renaissance Faire .. so we went. Younger son, his girlfriend, hubby and I went. It was a cooler day, so i thought that would be ok. I had a few roasted nuts, and then an ice cream cone ... but my stomach didn't like that so I had to spend some time in the restroom. I thought it settled down, so we went to the Mud Show. As we were sitting on the bench, my tailbone was aching and aching. We were in the 3rd row from the front. I was fidgeting, and rocking, and trying to stop the hurting. My head starting spinning, so I told hubby .. and we decided to leave .. as he was leading me out, and up the aisle .. I fainted. Fortunately, I felt it coming, and pretty much sat down on the ground. Next thing I knew, all these people had their faces in my face, I was laying on the ground .. Yikes! Scarey! The paramedics took me to their health hut, and kept checking my blood pressure. They said it was pretty low. They gave me gator aid, and water and kept checking me. Really not sure why this happened. I was drinking water all day, I had things to eat (even if it was ice cream and nuts). I know that since I've lost weight, my blood pressure has been lower .. guess it's time to talk to the doc about lower my blood pressure meds. Have any of you had this happen? I'm not sure if I should be worried. I felt fine afterwards .. just tired, but I had gotten in 8K steps in the 3 or so hours we were there, so I would expect to be tired.

Well ... the princess is awake .. and we need to get breakfast rolling.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/24/15 6:27 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Monday Morning everyone,

Linda - I hope today is a little better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brothers family.

Don't really have much to report. I was lazy yesterday and didn't do any exercise but I was compliant with my eating so it shouldn't hurt to much. I will start fresh today and move forward. I hope everyone has good compliant week and I send everyone my warm wishes and support.

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/23/15 10:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Not much to say today. Went to my sister-in-law's funeral. Just dealing.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/23/15 11:42 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Hey everyone, just a quick check in. See my daughter and fiancee off today. Seems like everyone is doing OK on here and that is awesome! Congrats on the weight loss Joanne. I always enjoy buying new pants. Well my weight is up 2 pounds which I have been afraid off. Need to get back REGULARLY to my exercise schedule. But still trying to get back on the pace. Once you get it up there and drop off, its hard to get it back up again. Oh well, got to go make brunch for everyone and get them on the road! Have a great Sunday!

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
HEALTHY4GINI's Photo HEALTHY4GINI SparkPoints: (6,387)
Fitness Minutes: (55)
Posts: 78
8/22/15 8:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Quick here, but I can't resist.

SUe: How did you manage to lose 102. lbs this week? Do share your secret!! LOL


Gini


PS: After I posted this post, I realized that is a total loss of 102lbs. Very impressive and I am very glad for you Sue.

emoticon

Edited by: HEALTHY4GINI at: 8/23/2015 (19:09)

If not now, When?

Aug 31/15 = 290.2


 current weight: 290.2 
 
293
259.75
226.5
193.25
160
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/22/15 3:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Paula: sorry to hear you were tired the last couple days, but YAY! Today is a better day! Still remember to take it slow .. Don't rush yourself.

Linda: I knew that water aerobics would help you feel better. We all do better with a bit of exercise. Hopefully, your car troubles will be over after this weekend.

Joanne: 3lbs lost is awesome .. You are on a roll! And if you need to get new pants, that's another victory!

Phoenix: fun, fun .. Planning for a wedding .. I have the best memories of planning with my daughter (15yrs ago) … but still bring smiles to my heart … don't wear yourself out, and enjoy!

Daughter and son inlaws plane was delayed Thurs eve due to stormy weather in the NY area .. So they didn't get home until after 8 .. I came home, unpacked and went to my bed. I was still pretty tired yesterday … I guess all the activities from the week caught up with me .. And the kids were tired too, and grumpy, so the day seemed pretty long. We took a ride with the kids to Costco, so I could get some groceries for my house, because when I came home, the frig was empty. Neither hubby, or son went to get anything during the week. Today, I'm wanting to sit and rest, but I need to get some things done around my house, so I'm pushing a bit. Hubby is working, and has called from work a couple times with things for me to take care of. Geez! It's funny sometimes that he complains about our son not doing things, when he is the same way. He doesn't have to work tomorrow, so he thought we could go to Renaissance Faire .. But the they are predicting stormy weather, so we'll have to wait and see what it looks like in the morning. It sounds like fun to go .. It's been quite a few years, but right now, I'm just tired. I've done good eating wise .. Weighed in with a 102lb loss this morning .. And it's weird but I really don't feel hungry either. I am eating on my plan, and I think that helps. Well .. I'd best get at it .. Or it won't get done.

God's Peace, Happiness and Health to all!

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/22/15 2:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I feel super today. Completely back on track and feeling the strongest I have felt since my surgery 12 days ago. I had cottage cheese and fresh strawberries for breakfast. Will have left over ground turkey for lunch, and probably baked chicken for dinner. I am already on my 2nd load of laundry and not really feeling tired. Admittedly I slept late again today, but I have given myself permission to do so. It is a beautiful day here in eastern PA...79 degrees, slight breeze, low humidity, sunny, and no need to turn on the AC. We are watching our beloved Yankees on TV (right now they have a 4 run lead). Life doesn't get much better than this.

Hope everyone's day is going well. emoticon Love you all. emoticon I am sure my speedy recovery can be attributed to the support of friends like you!

Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/21/15 3:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda – Thanks for the link to the walking video. I watched a bit of it (I know… walk…don’t watch emoticon ). I will do at least some of it later today. I am thinking I will have to build up gradually for the full 30 minutes. I appreciate that you shared the video link with me. I applaud you for your patience over your car. Hope when you get it back that the bill is reasonable.

Phoenix – Glad you checked in. You have been what we call at church, “absent with just cause.” You have a great reason for not being here more since your daughter is visiting. Enjoy! emoticon

Joanne- Fabulous on getting rid of 3 pounds and on needing new pants. emoticon That will be celebration shopping, which is what I call shopping for a smaller size. Have fun!

I am back on track today after having a burger at Ruby’s yesterday. emoticon It was really good, and I enjoyed it. I just about never make red meat at home but do order red meat occasionally when in a restaurant. I enjoyed the company and conversation even more. We did not have the greatest waiter so that kind of put a slight damper on things. I am having baked haddock with green beans and a salad for dinner tonight. I am still sleeping more than usual but am ok with that for now, figuring that I still need to rest to heal.

Hope everyone is gearing up for a great weekend! emoticon


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/21/15 11:06 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Woo! Hoo! Joanne- 3 pounds discarded like bud refuse. Great job. Hope you start feeling more energized.

Phoenix - have fun with your daughter.

I am home today. Working on setting my steps in. Still no car and no communication. I am hoping that it will be finished this weekend. Also, waiting to hear from the contractor. I wait hurry up and wait.
spark on
Linda

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/21/15 9:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My brain can't retain all the things I would like to respond to. The migraine is gone but I'm really struggling with the lingering effects. I need to push myself to get out a little bit today. I'm thinking I need to go buy some pants. I don't have any that I can wear any more.

The other good news is that I'm down another 3 pounds!

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/21/15 9:19 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning Everyone,

Just wanted to do a quick check-in. My oldest daughter is in town for the next several days so I am not able to get on the computer like I would like. Just wanted to let everyone know I am alive and well, and still sparkin'. It is just going to take a minute to get life settled back down and into place. I took the day off to go do wedding things with her today. I hope everyone is doing well and send my prayers and blessings to everyone!

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/20/15 5:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula - I feel sooo much better today. Your vibes came across the country and helped me out. I got to water aerobics today which was a big help. I did not realize how much it improves my mood. The walking video was not a "chair" video, but I was able to totally do it from a chair. I had to sit toward the front, but other than that it was actually easier to follow than the cardio chair video on the spark page. Here is the link http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p
ost=30minute_indoor_walking_workout&ut
m_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email&
utm_campaign=best-of-sparkpeople
It made me sweat

Sue - that is such a great story about your grandson. What a sweetie. I am feeling much better today. Take the weekend and relax. You deserve it.

Spark on all
Linda

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/20/2015 (18:43)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/20/15 4:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
David – Now you have more reasons than ever to take good care of yourself. You don’t want to mess around with dangerous those blood sugar . I hope you are able to get on a medically supervised eating plan with the help of your doctor. Please look into this and, as the others here have pointed out, be that squeaky wheel. I am willing to bet that you will see so many benefits of eating on a healthy plan….weight loss, less pain, better recovery from surgery when you have it, etc. And don’t forget we are all here to cheer you on and support you.

Linda – Here comes more positive energy to you right now!!!! Is the chair walking video you did a Spark video? If yes, please tell me the name so I might try it. If no, please tell me where else I might find it. Both you and I had the “bloats” yesterday. What a yucky feeling. I am determined to not let that happen again for a very long time at least.

Sue –.Glad you have plans to rest up this weekend. That is my plan too. I think your grandson is absolutely precious for sleeping in the room with the 2 year old. What a sweet brother. So much for all of you to be proud of. That story touched my heart. Thanks for your prayers. After yesterday I realize how I still must really take it easy.

I slept really late today after being so tired out yesterday. I am moving slowly today, but at least I am moving. I think some of this fatigue and ache is RA related and then coupling that with post-op me ….no wonder I am a bit slow today. I ate on plan so far today, but in a few minutes I am leaving to go to Ruby Tuesday’s with some friends for dinner. I turn 58 this coming Tuesday (the same day Debby climbs Mt. St. Helen again), and I have a coupon for a free birthday burger at Ruby’s. We made these plans before I got the coupon, but I am looking forward to this. One of these friends was my son’s 3rd grade teacher, and we have been close friends ever since he was in 3rd grade (he’s 25 now). She is a real special lady. Linda, I picture you as a teacher like this friend of mine..really in tune with all kids and there for the kids no matter what.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/20/15 3:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Paula: glad to hear you got to get out and about a bit ... sometimes, that is a sure spirit lifter and healer .. we continue to pray for your healing and health.

David: I agree ... make some noise with the doctor .. you need to get diabetes under contol .. the earlier the better .. although I am not diabetic, I've had several family members who have, and some really had problems because they didn't take it seriously. Be well!

Linda: thinking of you a lot .. hope you are doing better. I know I am very sensitive to things people say, and do around me ... I have very high expectations of myself, and everyone else .. so disappointments knock me down .. and weird .. but I crave carbs then too ... take it one step at a time ... control what you can, and give the rest to God.

They've confirmed 3 tornados in the area Tuesday nite .. and all three were around us. I am picturing God with an umbrella over the kids' house. There wasn't even any branches down in their yard .. which is full of trees dropping branches all the time. My daughter text'd me that their plane is leaving NY at 3pm .. so they'll be home around dinner time. We have already planned to make burgers and I bought a couple extra, so we'll be fine. She said that they had a great time, saw the 911 Memorial, and a play on Broadway (The King & I). She sounded very refreshed ... I'm so glad. I still have to babysit during the day tomorrow, but Saturday and Sunday, I plan to relax. I don't think I'll even go to any soccer games this weekend. .. I need a break. Last nite was a little rougher nite, the 2yr old didn't sleep well .. missing her mommy a lot, so needless to say we're all a bit tired. The 13yr brother got up and went and slept on the floor in the 2yr olds room, to help keep her calm .. what a nice big brother! They are good kids ... I'll be happy to sleep in my own bed tonight .. but I have enjoyed time with them. Today, we all colored Anniversary cards that I printed off the internet .. and the 10yr old is making cupcakes ot celebrate their return. (like I said before .. "busy, busy, kids"). It's much cooler today ... in the 60s, which is very refreshing. We turned the air conditioner off, and opened the windows for fresh air. Too bad it's still raining a bit, so we can't play outside.

Well .. that's it for me today.
Have a great day everyone!
God's Peace, Health & Happiness to all!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/20/15 12:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am getting ready to go to bed.

Paula your good vibes hit me and made me feel a little better. Also just got off the phone with my cousin. She called to apologize for yesterday(she never apologizes for anything), so that made me feel better also. I am going to have to make some phone calls tomorrow, about my car and to the contractor. My handyman is working his butt off in this heat and has done some amazing things. The tractor work was done today. I hope I can get out to water aerobics tomorrow, that will make me feel better.

David - your A1C should be below 7. You have diabetes! 280 blood sugar is stroke territory. I hope they have you scheduled soon for follow up. I have diabetes and I have been taking every class that is offered. Please, push the doctor, be the squeaky wheel, make yourself heard. The complications are nothing you want, blindness, amputation, kidney failure. They should have addressed this when your A1C was at 8.

Sue - you know how people in the Midwest feel about California earthquakes, well, that is the way I feel about a tornado. The idea terrifies me. I cannot image heading downstairs with the grannies during a warning. I would be quaking in my boots. Congrats on the 100 pounds kicked to the curb.

I barely made it through the day, but I did a chair walking video and a Resistance band video. I also stayed in my calorie range. But, I over indulged in carbs and feel bloated and uncomfortable. I do not know why I do this to myself.
Happy Dreams
Linda

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/20/2015 (00:50)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/20/15 12:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi. Just checkm in before sleep. Have had cold, and viral infection for about a week. Went to Dr. Paid cash. Got antibiotics. Been healing slow on cuts and bruises. Dr check my sugar was 280. He took more blood and sent off for an other test. Think he said it was called ac1, or a1c. Last check in may said it was at 8. Said that may explain alot about getn sick and healing problems I've had this past 6 plus months. Said he would call when results came in. I was asked about if I had "sick time" if I have my knee surgery. No, I have health theu work but even though most weeks I worked at least 36 hrs, in writing I'm still listed as a parttimer so no paid sick days. Admin did say I could apply for femla so I would at least retain my job after being out for surgery. Was told average time out would be 5weeks. (without pay).
Okay, will look at all the posts tomorrow. Just took my meds. Getting sleepy.

Goodnight all!! David

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/19/15 10:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda – Sorry you are feeling a bit down. Right this very moment I am sending some positive energy your way. Not sure how long it takes to reach across the country but by the time you read this it should be there. Do you know what could holding up your car repair? Between that and the remodel I’d be out of sorts too. I have been careful about the lifting and other than the laundry (where I was SUPER careful) I haven’t done any lifting at all.

Gini – Hope your temps cool off soon. I would be miserable without air conditioning in the summer.

Phoenix – Hope you are feeling better and taking care of your tootsies. I am impressed by your hike. You and Debby are amazing with your hiking accomplishments.

Joanne – Give yourself a pat on the back for staying on plan in the midst of your migraine. Lots to be proud of there.

Sue – Thank God you were safe from the tornado. I hope you get some “days off” after this stretch of grandbaby sitting. It sounds like you sure are burning lots of calories however…..way to go reaching 101!!!

I went on the day trip with my friends today. It did involve a bit more walking than I had hoped, but I managed to do it. It was probably good for me in some respects, but with my bad knee walking is always a challenge. There were storms ahead of us as we were driving west on a pretty busy highway when traffic came to a complete stop. It turned out that this major interstate highway flooded and was closed several miles west of where we were. We ended up sitting still in traffic for about 90 minutes. Our lively conversation helped pass the time, but I sure was happy to finally get home safely. I ate off plan and had way too many starchy processed carbs all day long, and I feel it. emoticon BLOATED! emoticon We had a fun day though, and I am pretty sure I will sleep well tonight.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/19/15 7:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

One more day of all day/nite babysitting to go ... I am pretty tired. The kids have been good for the most part, some sibling fighting, but they are SO busy all the time .. there's always bouncing, and jumping, and running, and crashing. My daughter was this way when she was young .. my two boys were more about video games & TV, so they didn't move much ... from one extreme to another. The 2yr old didn't sleep well last nite .. I think she was cranked up with all the stormy weather we were having last evening. I had them all in PJs, and ready for bed (about 9pm), and I was planning to go to bed right after them .. then the storms hit. There was just "watches" that were to expire at 9:30, so I thought I'd just keep them up until then .. then at 9:30, there was a tornado warning .. so into the basement we all went. We stayed down there until 10pm when the all clear came on. There wasn't any damage to their house, or trees, but about 15 mins from here there was F1 confirmed tornado damage. Thank God no one was hurt, and the kids stayed pretty calm thru the whole ordeal.

Eating wise, I've been doing ok ... we went to my house today so I could shower, and I weighed myself and am excited to say that I "re-hit" the 100lb mark. In fact, according to SP, 101. Yay!

Linda: sorry to hear of your continued frustration ... not having a car is enough stress without the renovation stuff going on. I too am not great in the patience dept. My Dad used to always advise me to NOT pray for patience ... cuz God will keep sending us things to practice on. I'll pray for peace for you.

Everyone else ... I can't respond to each of you, but know that I'm thinking of you all .

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/19/15 4:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am really in a crummy mood today. I do not know why, unless it is the continued stress of not having my car and the remodel. I also wanted to ask my cousin for a little help since I do not have a car and she said it was too hard to drive to my house for her. I am lacking energy, good vibes and motivation. I am holding on by a thread, but holding on I am.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
HEALTHY4GINI's Photo HEALTHY4GINI SparkPoints: (6,387)
Fitness Minutes: (55)
Posts: 78
8/19/15 3:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
HI Ladies and a special hello to David.

I have been trying to exist in the heat and humidity wave we have had for a week. I get pressure headaches as the humidity rises and since we don't have any A/C it rises all day. SOme days it has been 35 outside and 31 in the apartment. For the Fahrenheit users, this is abnormally high for southern Ontario. Tomorrow it is supposed to break with heavy thunderstorms beginning in the morning. The only issue is that as the storm builds the air pressure goes up and increases my headache. Common tomorrow afternoon when the high will be about 24 and the low about 16. Much more seasonable and acceptable.
I gained 1.2 this past week but am not surprised as we had Swiss Chalet for take out one very hot night.No one wanted to go into the kitchen. We have just been doing a quick sinkful of dishes, cups and cutlery for about 5 days. There is a huge load of dishes to be done but DS was on set yesterday from 8 am till 8pm last night and it is a 3 hour trip home on public transit. We can get to our DD's in Ottawa, about 400 klms away in about 3 1/2 hours and all he did was ride across the city. I hate public transit.
Have been compliant since Monday and have tried to get my walking in early every morning about 4 or 5 to get it done before the heat sets in for the day. It stays so hot till about 8pm when the sun finally goes down.
Trying to be more active on SPark when I am at home and finding it very relaxing and fun. Have a great Thursday all.


Gini


If not now, When?

Aug 31/15 = 290.2


 current weight: 290.2 
 
293
259.75
226.5
193.25
160
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/19/15 10:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Hump Day Sparks,

Joanne - sorry to hear about the migraine. Hope you are feeling better now. I used to get cluster headaches caused by a fractured skull. But I have not had them in about 3 years. They were very bad in my teen years.

Phoenix - 8 Miles!!!! Wow!!! Superrrrrrr! Be careful with the blisters, do not allow them to turn into something worse.

Paula - you are definitely healing, be careful not to over do. You are allowed to wear yourself out, just not to strain your incision. No lifting, no medium lifting, no repeated light lifting, even if you use your knees. NO lifting.

I am not sure if I did well yesterday or not. I went to a teacher's group that I belong to and we had a salad pot luck. I had a couple of bites of about 10 different salads, no idea what dressing and little idea of some of the ingredients. I did great on movement yesterday. I racked up over 5000 steps by chair walking and then getting up every 15 minutes to walk around the living room. that is double what I have been doing on non-water aerobics days.
Spark on friends
Linda

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/19/15 8:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, everyone, a lot going on here. I've been a little out of it with a migraine off and on since Sunday night. Yesterday was the worst. I think it's finally gone completely. I've stayed on track with my eating and some mild exercise during the lulls.

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
OKPHEONIX's Photo OKPHEONIX SparkPoints: (7,576)
Fitness Minutes: (8,000)
Posts: 119
8/19/15 6:31 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning Everyone,

Just a quick check in. Not feeling well today not sure what it is but really want to go home and go to bed. I haven't had a chance to post lately and need to catch up with everyone before I do much more. I had a good weekend with hubby and made it to the summit of Black Mesa on Saturday -- major accomplishment for me. It was about 8.5 miles round trip. Now I have some huge blisters on my toes and I'm working on getting those healed. I ate a bunch of strawberries last night which I love but my blood sugar this morning is showing it. Darn. Hopefully I will get caught up with everyone this evening and will get back to everyone soon. I was not compliant over the weekend so totally expect a weight gain this Saturday. Oh well I enjoyed it!

 Pounds lost: 48.6 
 
0
26.75
53.5
80.25
107
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/18/15 11:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
David - Congrats on the raise. emoticon You are right...every bit helps. Hope you can get the insurance company to cooperate.

Linda - Woo hoo on losing another pound. emoticon Way to go. Sounds like the RN needs some people skills. Her interaction with the foot injury woman sounds rather crass. The topics you mentioned that were discussed sound like topics from my old weight watcher days from many many years ago. It is helpful to be reminded of these things.

I am tired today after a long but productive day. I had my first post op visit to the doc, and so far so good. I go back in a month for what I think will be the final post op visit. I also got a mani-pedi and then did some grocery shopping. I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home and put all the groceries away. I might go grocery shopping on my own later in the week as a new grocery store opened a few miles from my home and they have some pretty good sale items in this week's circular. I stayed on track again today. I do plan to spend the day with friends tomorrow as long as I feel ok when I wake up in the morning. I figure I can sleep in the car going to and from so I will take a small travel pillow with me for the car. I think eating will be a challenge but I am not hung up over this, just planning to make the best possible choices.

Good night all!

Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 8/18/2015 (23:51)
Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/18/15 10:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
David - you sound so much better, even with your cold. Would you get sick pay if you had knee surgery? I would really consider it if you can afford the time off. Everyone I know who has had it says that it made a wonderful difference in their lives. The main problem being the long recuperation and physical therapy, but once they got through that it was like a miracle.

I forgot to say I lost another pound last week. One thing I find irritating at the class is that the RN does not understand that different people lose at different rates. She is sure that if you follow a 1200 cal diet your will lose 2-5 pounds a week and if you do not you are lying about what you are doing. The nutritionist totally gets it. The nutritionist was there for the beginning of the meeting then the RN took over. She zeroed in a woman that has recently had a foot injury which totally changed her life. She was totally into running, biking and cross-training. Now the only thing she can do is the biking and the doctor told her that she will never go back to the others for the rest of her life. After the nutritionist left the RN zoomed in on her telling her she had to be eating too much because she was not losing enough. They ended up arguing over what certain wording in the diet meant. While I was not the focal point I totally felt for her and understood her discomfort.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
CHANGEN4ME's Photo CHANGEN4ME Posts: 168
8/18/15 12:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening ladies. Checking in late. Been a semi busy day. Was off but fighting (of all things).,a head cold that has decided to work its way into my chest.
Have to keep going, laundry, and out with my granddaughter all afternoon. My wife gave me a nice break and made dinner after she got home from work. I can't find the dog-gone thermometer but have felt hot and run down since Saturday morning. Off again tomorrow so going to kick back and rest before work week for me starts again on Wednesday.
We have internet access and look at our pay stub on line. I was happy to see I was given a little raise. Every bit helps. Oh yea, now that I have a summer cold, the apartment owner had a complete new outside unit installed.... Wow.... You take a lot for granted until its taken away.
Still trying to get insurance and work to compromise on treatment on my knee. Surgeon still wants to replace right knee and I'm still holding out for less major options.
Well, its getting late, got to get up to dress and get granddaughter to daycare and wife to work. We still have 2cars but am only using my van when absolutely needed. On a good day ill get 12-13 miles to gallon while my wife's new Subaru Forrester is getting 26-28 miles in the city.
I'll check in tomorrow and catch up on logs. Till then
Good night. David

 current weight: 322.0 
 
322
296.5
271
245.5
220
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/17/15 11:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am very stressed at the moment. I do not know when my car will be fixed. I am in wait and wait mode which I hate. I am waiting to hear back from the contractor, and from the mechanic. I am not good at waiting. My daughter is in stress mode , beginning of the year with her new students. My son-in-law is in depression mode - no job. The only place where things seem to be going well is my son's house where everyone is happy that they have a new car.
My class tonight was about recognizing hidden habits - do you eat when you are not hungry? do you continue eating when you are full? Do you think you have to clean your plate? Do you think it is impolite to not eat at a party? Do you celebrate with food? Do you numb your feelings with food? There were about 20 questions that we discussed and tried to develop strategies for seeing patterns in our behavior and then changing it.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/17/15 10:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda – Like you I can’t do the “assembly required” stuff. My DS is very good and patient as well when it comes to that stuff. Woo Hoo to you for getting that chair together. What did you learn at class today?

Sue – Good luck cleaning out your DD’s fridge! And kudos to you for packing yourself healthy snacks. You seem to be in a good rhythm. Keep it up!

I understand your concerns, Sue and Linda, but I decided to do the laundry. It was a small load, and not heavy at all. I carefully selected the items I most wanted clean, which meant hardly anything belonging to DS. It’s kind of funny I have closets and drawers bursting with clothes but I have my old favorites and that was what was in the laundry. I started the laundry before DS left for his meeting because he figured out what I was up to and said if I was going to do it, I should start it while he is still here with me. So I did. I had it all dried, folded, and put away by the time he got back from his meeting.

I have a friend who will drive me to my post op appointment tomorrow and then possibly to get my nails done and then possibly even to do a little grocery shopping. I will see how I do, and if it is too much, I won’t do it all. I slept a bit later than usual today because even with the extra Melatonin I did not fall asleep right away. I will take Melatonin again tonight and will try to get to bed earlier because I cannot sleep in tomorrow due to the doctor’s appointment which is in the morning.

I stayed completely on track today and feel good about that. I think my appetite might have decreased since the surgery, and perhaps my willpower has increased. I have an opportunity to go away for the day on Wednesday with some friends. It would be about 2 or 2 ½ hours each way in their car, leaving here before 9 am and getting home about 7 pm. I would have to do some walking but not a lot, according to the man who is driving. I will run it by my doctor tomorrow. I think he will be fine with it. I will make my decision based on what he says and on how I feel about a relatively busy day tomorrow.

Good night friends!


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/17/15 5:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Paula: take it easy .. Pls don't rush into getting laundry and housework done .. You need to heal … I'm sorry for nagging too .. But we DO care, and I know I can relate to wanting to "get back into it" .. And then later I pay for that.

Linda: don't you just love the things that children say? I know I do. Your g-daughter sounds like a gem. Yep .. I recognized that "not this week" statement too. I'm getting back on my elliptical too .. Next week ;-) Glad to hear about your contractor bid .. Good to have to lower cost news! Good for you assembling the chair .. I am really "screwdriver" challenged .. Am too dependent on the guys in my family. Again .. 100!!! Yikes.

Saturday, I puttered around the house, laundry, cleaning up a bit, did the bills and did try to sit and crochet a bit.  I'm having trouble with my minion hat .. with the hands .. I've taken it out 6x already ... black yarn is really hard for me to see the stitches .. so hubby gave me his "head lamp" to try .. it seems to be helping.  I look like a fool, but whatever works right?

Yesterday, I was at the kids' house at 6am so daughter & her hubby could leave.  We (Grandpa & I) took the kids to the 10:30 outdoor Mass at our Church festival, and then hung around there for a while .. kids played a few games and went on a couple rides .. then we had a chicken dinner.  Oldest g-son had a burger, and then helped 10yr old sister finish up her 1/2 chicken. The 8yr old ate ALL of his chicken .. he is a meat eater.  Two year old and I shared my dinner.  They were hungry kids, so they ate well.  It was HOT, but most of the time we were under the tents and out of the sun, so it was ok.  The kids slept over at their other grandparents last nite, so I got a good nite's rest.I pick them up at 4:30 this afternoon. For the next 3 days/nites, I'll be sleeping over at their house.  I plan to take it slow so I don't get too tired out/ and then get grumpy.

I hope the weather cools a bit .. so the kids can be outside (and me too).  We're planning a library trip on Tuesday .. but other than than that .. they have soccer practices, and a school open house to go to.  Just because Mom & Dad are out of town, the busy schedule doesn't stop. It's about 90 here today .. And very humid .. Right now some thunderstorms are rolling thru.

I've packed a few healthy staples for me to take to their house .. We'll have to go grocery shopping tomorrow, after I inventory their frig … it seems packed with leftovers that I'd like to try to use up 1st. Wish me luck!

God's Peace, Happiness and Health to all!

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/17/15 12:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Monday Sparks

Paula - I am still a little worried about your laundry. You are lifting the basket 2 steps at a time. How much does it weigh? You should not be lifting over 5 pounds. I am a nag, but that is because I care about you. I hope you got a good night's sleep. I have been averaging 7 hours most nights. Last night was only 6. I went to bed on time, but I woke at 4:30. Since my normal wake time is between 5:30 and 6 this was one of those "maybe I can fall back asleep, but just as I rolled over a bright light came in my window and that was the end of any idea of sleep. It was a police helicopter with a search light.

Sue - I hope things are going well with the grannies.

Marlene - if you can read this I hope you are having fun, fun,fun!

Phoenix, Debby, David, Cat, Joanne, Gini - how is your day? Hope all is well, and you are going strong. Anyone I missed - sorry - my brain is on vacation.

Today's my class. I am looking forward to it. I am putting together an office chair. I could not find the instructions anywhere, so I went on line to see if I could find them. I went to the site and there one message "The instructions are taped to the under side of the chair seat." I looked and there they were. LOL I guess a lot of people had the same problem I did.
I just finished the chair. I left it without arms so I could use it for exercise if I wanted to. It is very comfortable, more padding than the chair I have been using. I moved that chair to the kitchen to be my cooking chair.

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/17/2015 (13:04)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/17/15 12:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda - Wow, good news on the bid, if as you said, it includes labor. If he gave you the bid in writing it should state that it includes all labor and materials.

I am still awake, much later than I'd like. I took 3 mg of Melatonin and plan to get to bed in a few minutes. I didn't sleep well last night even though I took 2 mg of Melatonin...I think my body is still mixed up from the surgery.

Good night all! emoticon

Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/16/15 10:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula - my cousin's daughter with the pool lives just around the corner.
I just got the bid from the contractor and if it includes labor then it is half what I expected which means we might be able to go solar.

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/16/2015 (22:07)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/16/15 9:57 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda - Your granddaughter sounds like a hoot! Gee, I wonder where she gets that from??? emoticon I hope your cousin eventually follows through with the water aerobics. If she lives close enough, could that give you a break from driving the distance to your class now and then? I really won't carry the laundry up and down the stairs as I don't do that even when in good health due to my knee issues. I have a rectangular laundry basket and just move it up one or two steps then walk up one or two steps then move it up a few more steps and repeat till both of us reach the top. Once at the top of the stairs I can slide the basket across the floor to the bedroom where I do the folding. I promise not to over do it as I hear you loud and clear and I don't want to wreck anything inside. I did need that reminder though that just because things look ok on the outside the inside still has a lot of healing to do. You are a wise woman Linda.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/16/15 7:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula - walking up and down the stairs is a good thing. Carrying something up and down the stairs not so good. Can your neighbor come over and carry the laundry for you? Think about it - do you really want to possibly rip open your incision, or tumble down the stairs or end up unable to walk back up? Ask for help before you regret it. It takes at least 2 weeks to get back to where you should be carrying anything. Do not do something that might make your life much harder. Just because the outside looks okay does not mean that the muscles are healed enough to do this.

I have to tell you about my granddaughter. Yesterday she took a pen a drew stripes on her face. when her mother saw her she said "What do you think you are doing?" To which the three year old answered "I have stripes. I am a tiger!" Her mother then asked "Do you think you are cute?" She replied, " NO! Ben (her little brother) is cute. I am a tiger. I am scary."

My cousin said she and her daughter wanted to start water aerobics in her daughter's pool and would I teach them what I knew. I said sure, what day? Well it couldn't be last week because they had to get ready. So I just asked today "Is there a day next week you would like to do water aerobics?" The answer was that next week was out of the question because they are leaving for Vegas on Friday. I had to laugh because it sounded so much like the lame excuses I use for not getting on the elliptical more.

Edited by: JUSTME9898 at: 8/16/2015 (22:04)
goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/16/15 3:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Linda – I hope you enjoy some time to yourself and that your visit with your son goes well too. How cool that your granddaughter was excited about the dinosaur bones. I remember a trip to Cleveland many years ago for a church convention of sorts and one of the highlights was “dinner with the dinosaurs” at a museum where we actually ate amidst the dinosaur exhibits. All the children there were in awe, and most of us adults as well.

Sue – I love pickles and find the same thing that when I eat some pickles up goes the scale…that blasted sodium!!! Sounds like quite a day for you today. Hope the weather is cooperative. It is hot and humid here in eastern PA as well, though being inside with the air conditioning I am quite comfortable.

I am checking in early again today as I find I tire pretty easily and sometimes pretty early these days. I am on track again today. Will have left over chicken for dinner with a salad and fresh green beans. I also am pleased that I had the energy to clean 4 packs of strawberries that DS and I will enjoy. I also walked to the curb to pick up the newspaper for the first time since my surgery. My neighbor has been retrieving the paper and bringing it to me since my surgery, but today I felt strong enough to walk outside and do it myself. I have been walking around the house as much as I can, but I feel accomplished having walked outside a bit today (not far, but still feel good about it). I also made one trip up and down the basement steps today, which went remarkably well. I am considering doing a load of laundry tomorrow so today was a trial run up and down the steps. DS has a meeting to go to tomorrow. A friend is driving him so I will be able to go up and down the steps to do laundry without his knowing what I am up to. Thank you for reminding me to take it easy. I admit to feeling a little frustrated that I am not back to normal yet.

Sunday blessings to everyone! emoticon


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/16/15 10:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
another hot day - supposed to be over 100 again. I cannot wait until October which is always the best month of the year.

My daughter and fam are going to the natural history museum to see dinosaur bones. My granddaughter is very excited.

No workmen today.

My son is coming by for a visit.

Have a great day everyone
Spark on
Linda

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/16/15 6:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Paula: again .. glad to see improvement in your healing is progressing .. and again .. don't push yourself .. you'll get there. Good for you for getting back on track with your eating .. that will help with the healing too.

Linda: OmGosh .. that is funny! "cooked the brats" .. of course I meant cooked the bratwursts .. lol .. don't want anyone to think that my house is like Hansel & Gretel. 105 heat .. yikes ... we're at about 90, and I am suffering from that. I had a smokey oven Friday too .. the dessert we made for the company spilled over a bit .. so yesterday (on my day of rest), I cleaned the oven out. Thank God for air conditioning in my house!

I did crochet for a bit yesterday ... caught up on my laundry, did bills, made hummingbird food, cleaned my hummingbird feeder ... some rest, but I just can't sit around ... then I want to eat. I had a couple dill pickles as I was feeling too warm, and that usually helps me drink more water, and feel cooler ... so my weight is up today .. I'm sure it's because of the salt cuz .. according to my tracker .. I ate well in my plan.

I'm up early today .. getting ready to go to the kids' house. We are planning on taking them to outdoor Mass at our Parish festival today, and then hang out a bit at the festival .. it's supposed to be about 90 again. Forecast for the week sounds like a bit cooler, and rainy .. which will make it tough with the kids (inside all day long). We're going to work on a couple projects to keep them busy. The other g-parents are taking the kids to their house tonight to sleep over .. so I get a night of sleep .. and they are helping with the carpooling to soccer practices (for 3 of them) .. 3 kids all going to 3 different soccer fields ... I do plan to take it easy, and try not to wear myself out .. we'll see.

Have a great day everyone!
God's Peace, Healthy & Happiness!

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
JUSTME9898's Photo JUSTME9898 Posts: 2,054
8/15/15 10:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula - you are sounding much better. But remember you are still just a few days out of surgery. Baby yourself a little. Great job being back on track.

Sue - you really had me laughing- the kids arrived hungry so we cooked the brats. I know you meant sausages, but it really was funny to read. Take a lot of deep breaths this week and make those kids step up wherever they can. Bless you for being such a help to your family.

Joanne - Kudos to you. Great job on a changing healthier life style.

Marlene - enjoy, have fun, see the sites, then come back and share

David - I hope you have found a cool spot.

I had a good day but am worn out. I went to water aerobics, and then did some shopping. Making dinner should have been easy, but the disposable pan I was using for roasting the veg got a hole in it and the oven started smoking and all the fire alarms went off at the same time.
Tomorrow is either tuna sandwiches or tuna salad. No cooking in this heat. It was 105 today. My handyman came and worked in the heat today. He finished the back deck. He is taking tomorrow off and coming in the late afternoon on Monday. He is spending some time with his father tomorrow at the lake. Next weekend he has his weekend with his children. I am glad to see that he is keeping contact with his family.

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
high desert, California


 current weight: 245.0 
 
270
240
210
180
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/15/15 4:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Joanne - Fabulous choice at the Chinese buffet and great for staying on plan even with the birthday party. Way to go!

Sue - I would prefer to eat indoors in air conditioning anytime rather than outdoors (especially with humidity and insects). I am not much of an outdoorsy person at all. God bless your sister whose son has autism. It is a difficult condition to deal with. Some areas provide respite services for the families just to give them a break from such a demanding situation. A group from my church volunteers several times a year at one of these services where the families can drop off the child with autism and do whatever they wish, while the volunteers engage the children in appropriate and individualized activities for several hours. It is quite a rewarding event for all involved. Also most areas now have agencies that provide some in-home services for children with autism. These services are often coordinated or set in motion by the schools since some parents are not aware of what is out there. It takes a very special person to deal with all the demands of parenting a child with autism. My heart goes out to them

I am having a pretty good day today. I had my first (and very much needed) post-op bath. I didn't feel up to taking a bath until today. Ah, it felt terrific, especially since I am still taking bleach baths for my skin. I am back on track with eating today too. I made crock pot chicken and reheated some cauliflower that my friend steamed for me when she was here. There is plenty of chicken for another meal this evening if needed. We also have plenty of salad fixins' to enjoy whenever we want. I am kind of tired now but that is ok. It is time to rest.

Hope this is a great Saturday for everyone!

Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
ITZ_SUE's Photo ITZ_SUE Posts: 1,160
8/15/15 12:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello Everyone!

Linda: you do have a lot of things going on .. I hope you do find time to take care of yourself. I really understood your perspective on your cousin … I have that tendency myself I think .. The "pity me" part of my personality is hard to keep under control sometimes … the other parts of me get mad at me, which beats me down more … I'm trying to have a day off today myself .. It's been hot, busy all week and with ending the week yesterday with all the company .. I'm ready for some me time.

Tammy: glad to hear that you are seeing some improvement … try not to push it too hard, let the healing happen.

Linda & Tammy: I will take your advice of not taking the melatonin every nite .. I did again last nite, and did sleep well again .. Not as good as the first nite, but still better. I feel more rested and do have some ambition again today .. But trying to have a day of rest. Hubby's working all day, and I hope to crochet while getting some laundry done.

Marlene: hope you have a wonderful trip .. Enjoy, relax, enjoy!

Joanne: good for you at controlling the eating … it is a good feeling when we are successful isn't it? String those good days together is the way to success.

My company visit went pretty well last nite. I was beat by the end of the day … preparing the foods during the day with the 2yr old helping all along the way. My sister's family and my daughter & son-in-law didn't arrive until 5:30/6:00ish .. And the kids were all starving by then. My s-inlaw cooked the brats and veggies on the grill as my sister had to have both eyes on her autistic son … we were lucky that just as the food was ready to eat, storms rolled into the area so we had to stay in the house to eat .. Which was fine because the air conditioning had the house so much more comfortable than the heat & humidity outside. I don't know much about autism, but I could see that my sister really has her hands full … she chases him (9yrs old) as much as I chase the 2yr old. My sister is 50 … 10 yrs younger than me. I know how beat I am at the end of the day. My brother-inlaw had to leave before we even got to eat to pick up their cat from the vet .. The cat was spayed. I sat and thought about many things after everyone left .. I see that my sister's family has a lot of issues … every family has a lot of issue .. My upbringing was not the best, but I survived and am very blessed to be where I am today. God has taken care of me all along the way.

Starting tomorrow morning (6am), I'm going to have the kids for the next 5 days .. And 4 nites. My daughter and son inlaw are going on their trip. I think I talked about it before … 1st time if their 15yr marriage that they have been able to get away. It'll be a work/vaca for them together. It's supposed to be really hot, so I'm not sure if we'll stay at their house, or camp at ours in the air conditioning. We'll play it by ear. I do need to stock up on some groceries at both houses so we can eat.

God's Peace, Happiness and Health to all!

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


 current weight: 213.4 
 
312
271.5
231
190.5
150
AJISUUN's Photo AJISUUN SparkPoints: (9,305)
Fitness Minutes: (2,428)
Posts: 556
8/14/15 7:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Went to a Chinese buffet and then a birthday party for a 93 year old lady from church. This could have been disaster but this buffet does a custom stir fry. You fill your plate with the meat and veggies you want and they cook it. It was really good and although I contemplated an egg roll, all I had from the buffet section was cantaloupe and honeydew chunks. I was stuffed and didn't regret not eating my normal favorites. At the birthday party I had a Klondike bar and passed on the cake. When I tracked everything I was still basically on track for the day. I still have a good number of calories left for dinner. Yay! I love the way that my taste buds have changed!

Joanne

Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.

Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
Slowly slowly doesn't prevent you from arriving at your destination.


 Pounds lost: 58.5 
 
0
49.375
98.75
148.125
197.5
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/14/15 6:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Marlene - Have a fabulous trip. Will miss you while you are away and will be looking forward to your vacation stories when you return. emoticon emoticon

Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
SCRIMP1's Photo SCRIMP1 Posts: 533
8/14/15 5:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm off on vacation to Jamaica we leave at 7 tomorrow from PHL. I need it and of course worked all day. I am packed and leaving shortly for my sons house. Back next Saturday.

Tammyand--glad to hear you are on the mend, take it easssy.

I am REALLY going to try not to overeat on this vacation and watch my carbs!

Everyone have a good week, I'll check in if I have wifi.

Starting weight 283 lbs, July 9, 2013
Original Goal of 160 lbs Reached Nov. 26, 2014!
New 2015 goal is 150 lbs and to stay Consistent with eating plan and exercise 3X week.


 current weight: 156.9 
 
283
249.75
216.5
183.25
150
TAMMYAND's Photo TAMMYAND Posts: 5,960
8/14/15 4:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

Sue – I don’t know for sure if Melatonin is addictive, but in my opinion, just about anything can be addictive at least in the psychological sense if not physically addictive. So I would be careful and would talk with my doctor about it as well. My dermatologist was fine with my taking the Melatonin and suggested I play around with the dosage till I found what worked well for me. As I understand it, Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in our bodies, but the levels of our Melatonin vary and perhaps decrease with age in some folks. I tend to take 2mg for about 2 or 3 consecutive nights. For me, that seems to get me to a good level, and then I go off it till I have bad night again. Often I take it for 3 days and then don’t take it again for several weeks. Enjoy your family get together and have fun. You will be making more wonderful memories.


Linda – I totally understand your wanting to give your cousin a kick. I will never understand that personality type. From the way you described her before, I was really hoping that her good news about the cancer might have changed her heart a bit. I guess some folks just don’t want to be happy. I agree that not having “wheels” is a pain in the butt. Hope your car is back soon. You gave a good characterization of your handy man. He sounds very much like G who is 55 years old and worked for me remodeling the basement bathroom and doing other small jobs around the house. He still needs to finish the basement work but has been MIA since late April. He called yesterday to tell me he didn’t forget about me but that he has been having a rough time of it. One would think that this situation would encourage G to work more as he needs money but no, just the opposite, G is using this as an excuse to not work…such a pity because he is a very talented workman/craftsman.

I am doing ok but still far from my old self. Last night I slept in my bed for the first time since the surgery. I had been sleeping on a recliner in our family room as getting in and out of bed hurt a lot. Last night I did ok getting in and out of bed, but moving around in bed to get comfy was pretty challenging. Around 7 am I woke up stiff and not well rested, so I moved to the recliner in the family room to rest for part of the morning. That helped a bit. My neighbor Chris grocery shopped for me this afternoon. I really appreciated that. My eating is still off track. I am hoping to make some chicken tomorrow and to get back to healthier less carb-laden eating. I am looking forward to a quiet evening tonight watching the Yankees on TV.

Hope this is a great weekend for everyone.


Tammyand (aka Paula)
Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team

"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also."
Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse

"The time God has allotted us must not be squandered" - Abbot Tryphon in "Morning Offerings"
Page: 1 of (110)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Innappropriate Post

Other 50+ members with 100+ pounds to lose General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
August Chat 8/31/2014 12:28:30 PM
zucchini cheese 7/27/2014 10:57:33 AM
Oops, wrong place to post. Ugh! 5/12/2015 7:21:31 AM
May Chat 7/31/2014 8:19:40 AM
July Chat 7/29/2015 11:30:42 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11534x51259249

Review our Community Guidelines




x Lose 10 Pounds by October 13! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.