10 VM: Véronique, Virginia(GinieMie)Vicky, Valerie, Vanessa, Viviane, Vance, Vaughn, Vincent, Vernon
BK: Vaughn, Vanessa, Véronique, Valerie, Viviane, Vernon. Frnt. Vance, Ginie(Virginia), Vicky. 9/10
Véronique saying good bye to the bride, Liz, and groom, Dan. niece Sara supporting Nique.
So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister Vï¿½ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.
With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.
I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.
| current weight: 177.0
My sleepless night started with an odd noise at about 2:45 am. It sounded like a huge expulsion of air. Human? Canine? I wasn't sure so I got up and John and I met at about the middle of the house asking the same questions I had. So, all the beings were just fine. No house problem we could fine. I have no idea what it was so I went back to bed. Within an hour I heard a clunk which sounded like John had fallen. He had. He didn't seem to want my help so I went back to bed but heard him struggling about 15-20 minutes later so I got up and helped him up. So, not much sleep since 2:45. I was going to go play cards at the senior center but, since it would be my first time, I decided to wait till I had a better night's sleep and could function mindfully.
I'm glad you got some sleep!!
55 days ago
Thanks for your comments on my painting. I was pleased to note how much I have learned over the last two classes. I am not sure how many of these classes I can take though. What will I do with all these pictures? I have three winter pictures now and John thinks I should find a spot and just rotate them. I could do three per season and then have a new picture in that spot every month. LOL!!
Hope all goes well over the holiday for you and yours. My stepsister and I cleaned at Dad's yesterday. My stepmother tried to run away once as she got mad because we threw out flowers from her birthday. They were very smelly. When we left she was hiding in a back bedroom. Today I am baking -- carrot cake, a gluten free cream cheese pie (a favorite of John's) and a jello salad. All but the pie are Dad's favorites.
63 days ago
Although I did dog walking twice yesterday, I got a lot of my steps from snow blowing and shoveling snow. I didn't report those activities on Spark because I got so many steps. We got about 8 inches of snow which was much less than the 13 they predicted. I'm happy about that. I blew out our driveway and my neighbor was very kind and did my sidewalk. After John's PT, I went to my friend's house and shoveled her out. She is in Minnesota for the funeral of a young cousin who died in a car accident. She had called to say she was coming home yesterday after the funeral and I knew that would mean getting in late. While I was shoveling, her landlady came and helped me finish. Then the landlady was going to do the other side of the duplex since her new renter is supposed to move in today so I helped her do that side too. Took us an hour and I can feel it today. Not too bad though.
64 days ago
We worked on taxes yesterday. The storm seems to be winding out down now. I think the snow is done but the wind needs to wind down more. I'll have to get out and shovel soon.
65 days ago
OMG! I can't imagine those shoes in an airport! LOL
I didn't really state my steps very clearly. I'm actually getting over 17 to 18K daily right now. My 16K goal has had me trying to get far more each day with the anticipation that I have days when I may not be able to walk (like later this week when we have an appointment 2hrs away and a lot of car time). The fear about actually setting the goal to either 17 or 18K is that I will compulsively do the same thing at those levels and not do anything else. I can be a bit OCD. LOL It's a bit of a dilemma since I can see how being aggressive in my step goal helped to get me moving but I know myself all too well and I really do need to do some ST and flex work too.
68 days ago