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Friday, July 20, 2012

I ate so many tasty veggies from the local farmer's market this week, mostly squash, cucumbers and tomatoes! I just ate some tasty beef or pork with them and had a low carb diet, which not only got me a 3 lb loss this week, my fasting blood sugar this morning was 84!

My blood sugar is always good EXCEPT when I first wake up it's a little over 100. So having it UNDER 100 makes me pretty happy. Also, my BP yesterday afternoon was 118/80, best it's been in a long time. Carbs cause water retention which affects blood pressure, and inflammation, which affects everything!

I basically eat all I want of every veggie that does not require cooking. (This means I avoid or keep count of (restrict) things like potatoes, starchy beans, etc.) I've become a veggie-pusher, telling everyone that the more veggies and the wider variety of veggies that you eat, the better you will feel. And of course, stay away from SUGAR.

My Mother called yesterday morning right after I came home from my swim. She was on the floor and could not get up. She didn't fall, and she wasn't hurt, she just couldn't get up. I had to call Scott (my son) because even though I was going right over there, I am reminded that I can never get her up. She's not obese, but weighs more than me and I have a wimpy back. Her vitals were all good, so it was just her almost 90 yr. old knees that give out now and then.

Poor Scott couldn't stand her apartment anymore, so he went and got cleaning supplies and changed clothes and came back and spent 6 hours in there cleaning - with her griping at him all the way. I told her I didn't know anyone in the world who would volunteer to do what he was doing and she should thank him. Yeah, right. I tell him all the time that he is a wonderful son and goes beyond the call of duty as a grandson.

Anyway, I helped as I could, but it was hard work. Would have taken me days and I'd have been in bed after that. Besides, I just can't stand the griping and constant negativity. I am blessed with wonderful sons and she is blessed with wonderful grandsons. The difference is, I know it and she doesn't.

Thanks for letting me vent, Dear Friends. I'm headed back over there this morning to bring her some kitchen items.

I started to label this blog "Mother Troubles, Again" but I'm feeling too good to dwell on that. My goal in the latter part of life is not to let her get me down!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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SILLYHP1953 7/23/2012 3:35PM

    You really do have wonderful sons...that says a lot about you!

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    Bless your son, GF. It sounds like he is a saint!! I'm only 60 but sometimes I get in the floor and think it wasn't such a good idea. So who knows what I will be like at 90 or 110. LOL.

I love veggies too!!

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ZEEDRA 7/20/2012 2:31PM

    I love the way you've chosen to see this whole event, Karen. You are looking after yourself so well, both mentally, physically and spiritually that you are able to deal with this issue and not let it stick to you afterwards.
We both are blessed with wonderful sons named Scott and you have another as well...lucky you!
It's so great that your Scott stuck to his guns and did that big clean-up...what a guy!!!

I'm sure your stories will help others see their situations a bit differently and to take the higher road...if not now, then later...we get many chances in life to do things better and/or differently.

I too am trying to go down the vegetable road...I'm thinking of hooking up with a local source who provide boxes of organic, local produce (weekly, semi- or monthly, etc.). I don't go to markets too much because they are too crowded for me and they get too hot. I still like the air-conditioned supermarkets. And as to vegetables: it's a challenge for me because of the cooking part of it. Oh, well.


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TUFFYBIRD 7/20/2012 11:14AM

    Wow! I hope my grandson treats me as well if I ever need it. What a great kid you raised emoticon And I'm glad you're staying positive in the face of your mom's negativity; I know it's not easy ... I had one just like her.

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SIONED40 7/20/2012 10:38AM

  Great job on the weight loss and I agree that you have a great son. I am glad that you didn't let her negativity get to you. I would treat him to a special dinner or something.

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JEANNE229 7/20/2012 10:11AM

    You left out that your mother also has a wonderful daughter!

Glad you are feeling great, despite the negativity.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/20/2012 9:56AM

    Good Morning Karen. Love those fresh vegetables. I have a bowl of cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and some grated cabbage sitting in my fridg to snack on and include in my meals. Congratulations on your blood sugar reading. That's great.
Mothers can be a bit of a problem at times. Your son is an Angel and I'm sure your proud of him. Wish I could say the same thing about mine. BooHoo. Venting is good for you, maybe someday I will have the courage to vent. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool and hydrated. emoticon emoticon

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DGAIL51 7/20/2012 9:53AM

    It is a shame that your mother is not appreciative, but that is not your responsibility, as you know. It is inspiring to see such a positive attitude. Obviously your sons got that from their mama!

More veggies!!!! (less sugar for me).


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VINGRAM 7/20/2012 9:36AM

    emoticon3 lbs......you rock"........ emoticon

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NEEKEPOO 7/20/2012 8:25AM

    Hi ya Kren! I enjoyed your post. My daughter and my niece just did the same thing for my mom. She, like your mom, was unappreciated and was not the nicest to them. I think it was a wonderful gift to my mom and an act of selflessness on the girls part. Thanks for sharing. I think I will share this with my daughter - she will get a kick out of it! -Nicole

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GABY1948 7/20/2012 7:47AM

    Karen, I can relate...been there done that. You son is ONE in a million! There are still some left...I have one also!

I am so thankful that you push veggies and I CAUGHT some. It WORKS.

I always get such good ideas from you blogs...THANKS

Have a GREAT weekend!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/20/2012 7:46AM

    Karen, I do understand. It can be so difficult at times. What do we do with our mothers when they will not cooperate.

Mother has a prescription logged in at the pharmacy. The doctor gave it to her in case her x-rays indicated that she needed it. As far as I know she hasn't had her caregivers pick it up yet. I told her that when we come back, I would just go by the pharmacy and pick it up. Of course that didn't go over. It's one to take as needed, and if she hasn't yet, she will need it. I can just see one day after the caregiver has left, she begins to have pain. Then the med will be at the pharmacy.

Karen, I think you have a wonderful son to clean for 6 hours. Could you send him to Georgia?

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JUANIBEAR 7/20/2012 7:11AM

  I forgot how good veggies are until yesterday that I decided to make some steamed veggies for my husband and I, along side with slow cooked chicken, and white steamed rice, it was good, my being hispanic, always frying and refrying the basic hispanic dishes, it was a nice change!

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PJSTIME 7/20/2012 6:44AM

    I push veggies too and crave them when I don't get enough of them.
You do have wonderful sons and your mother should be thankful for them and you but I know she doesn't and wouldn't. Deep down she knows she won't or can't show any positive emotions.

Have a terrific Friday - what do you have planned for today and the weekend?

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A little sweet talk.

Monday, July 16, 2012

For the record, this is my very own experiment done by my very own self on my very own body!

It began back in December, 2011 when my cholesterol was higher than it had ever been, even though it was still in the “good” range. So I changed my eating ways (knew in my heart I had been wild and crazy for a while) and 3 months later I wrote a blog about the results. (lowered cholesterol by 47 points!)


So now, 4 months after that blog, I went back for more testing. My cholesterol was still great but had gone UP 10 points. So why am I happy about that?

Because it really validates what happened before, so it wasn’t just a fluke. During these past 4 months, I really went OFF my NO SUGAR plan for about a month or so, triggered by grandkids visiting for two weeks and some other really interesting excuses, lol.

So for about 6 weeks of the past 4 months I was chomping away at the sweets and the result is my cholesterol went UP 10 points.

I began reading about nutrition about a year ago, and found some suggestions here and there that sugar was responsible for high cholesterol. I had always heard of several reasons for high cholesterol, fat, of course being the main one. But no one was waving the sugar flag about it. I had hardly ever seen sugar even mentioned with the word cholesterol. But once I focused on that and on how much sugar was in my diet, I decided to live without it.

I’d never heard anyone say “I think you need a little more sugar in your diet.”
Dr. Robert Lustig says if anything else has the markers in our body that sugar does, we label it a poison!

Dr. Michael Roizen says sugar damages the protein in your heart, kidneys, brain, skin, etc. for months after you eat it.

So, I began my sugar tracking by keeping a little tablet handy to total my grams of sugar each day. I try to keep it WAY UNDER 20 grams. The more real food I eat and the less processed food I eat, the easier that is to accomplish.


The results are clear. More sugar equals higher cholesterol. I also track my blood glucose pretty frequently. I’m not diabetic and don’t ever want to be. Home monitoring helps me know what foods and combination of foods will/will not spike my blood sugar.

By the way, Joe has joined me in my little experiment. His cholesterol and other numbers were way high into the danger range. After 4 months his cholesterol went down over 100 points! Diet alone.

Just sayin'


PS - I'm also a veggie pusher, lol. No one ever told you you're eating too many veggies, did they? But that's another blog.

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CATHY629 7/17/2012 11:10AM

    Very interesting Karen,a few years ago i went to a well woman clinic where i had my cholesterol checked for the first time and it was very high,i was told to cut out fats and eat fish at least twice a week,take plenty of exercise etc.
When i went back six weeks later after obeying all their instructions,it was even higher,sugar was never mentioned it makes one wonder.
I now take a statin every day.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/16/2012 10:01PM

    I agree about the sugar and veggies both.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/16/2012 9:03PM

    That's great Karen. I am not a sugar eater, but I don't monitor my blood sugar either. My sister is a full blown Diabetic and craves sugar all the time. She just had a terrible experience and was Life flighted to a Hospital with very high Potassium lever. Almost killed her. Wish everyone would take more interest in their bodies health. Good for you.

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PJSTIME 7/16/2012 6:04PM

    I'm fortunate so far and have no health problems but that is interesting about the sugar. I'm glad you and Joe are improving your numbers. Veggies are not a problem for me I really do like them and miss them terribly when I don't get enough of them.

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SIONED40 7/16/2012 4:18PM

  Excellent info...I am also going to do more research into this. Do you think someday they will finally get all this figured out?

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MADAMES 7/16/2012 1:25PM

    Wow....this is very interesting.


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NELLJONES 7/16/2012 11:37AM

    My husband is both diabetic (has to watch his sugar regardless of his personal opinion) and has plaque buildup in his coronary arteries, once again requiring watching saturated fat no matter what he thinks about it. He will be diabetic forever, controlled or uncontrolled, but the cardiologist said that he could reverse the arterial blockages with diet. He'd have to cut out (not limit) saturated fat for years, no days off. Alas, he isn't willing to do that. If he had cut back 20 years ago, limited fat would have helped, but if you wait too long, it's the 100% compliance 100% of the time that's required. A tough order for anyone.

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MAMABUGAZ 7/16/2012 10:51AM

    I'm with you on the sugar vs fat thoughts.

I also watch sugar consumption pretty closely, and simple/refined carbs as well. Especially white flour products. Carbs turn into sugar in your body, and the simple carbs just are not good for us.

However, I don't watch either arated or unsaturated fats very closely. I've read that you have to eat fat to lose fat, and there is info out there that supports what you are saying -- that sugar is more responsible for high cholesterol than fat is.

I do, though, try to mostly avoid the "fake" fats (hydrogenated oils, trans fats).

~ Faith

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VINGRAM 7/16/2012 9:16AM

    Very interesting . I have ver heard that, and sugar is my personal demon! emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 7/16/2012 9:10AM

    I just read the spark article this morning about not being serious about weight loss, and now I read your blog...I think the universe is trying to tell me something.

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BELTONWALKER67 7/16/2012 8:28AM

    Thank you for this information. I have recently been watching my sugar intake and was really surprised by the grams of sugar in yogurt. One brand had 25 grams just in one serving. I like the idea of keeping a tablet handy and keeping track. Good for you & Joe! Your bodies are saying Thank You! emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/16/2012 8:17AM

    Karen, thanks for the information. I do like sweets, but I have cut down to much smaller portions. Some days, I forget to eat my piece of chocolate.

It does make a difference. I'm glad Joe's cholesterol improved. He will feel better.

I know you enjoyed your trip to Austin. We enjoyed our one trip there. I wish we had known more about the city.

Stay healthy,

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GABY1948 7/16/2012 8:14AM

    Karen, as you know I totally agree with you. I have done the very same (bad) eating for a year and went to the doc and all my numbers were way up....so I remembered what you had taught me. This makes sense...I am sorry I have let you do all the investigation but I do thank you...so now, I also am going to start tracking on a pad beside me the grams of sugar and see what happens...I sent this blog to dh too since he does not have the weight issue I do but the cholesterol for him is RIGHT there...again thank you!

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Motivation and Inspiration in one 74 year old body!

Friday, June 22, 2012


Ernestein Shepherd will make you get up off the couch! Watch this amazing woman.

She is an inspiration for all of us, no matter how old we are or how wimpy we are, lol.


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MARITIMER3 6/28/2012 10:35AM

    Definitely inspiring - thanks for sharing.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/23/2012 8:17PM

    This is emoticon. She is amazing. Thanks.

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GAYLE119 6/22/2012 6:38PM

    wow! unbelievable! good for her! emoticon

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JUDY1676 6/22/2012 5:58PM

    Wow! She IS amazing!

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JENNY888 6/22/2012 1:33PM

    Thanks for sharing this. She is an inspiration.

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ZEEDRA 6/22/2012 11:36AM

That's a great video, Karen. Discipline, dedication and .... what was the third thing? Commitment? A very tall order for me.
I'm on my way to the supermarket, dragging my cart behind me. I'll put that lady's beautiful face before me and remind myself of her wonderfully positive attitude...not just for herself but for others.
Have a great weekend!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/22/2012 10:13AM

    I certainly don't want to look at my body after looking at hers. LOL. She is amazing.

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CHRISTINASP 6/22/2012 9:56AM

    Inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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DGAIL51 6/22/2012 9:33AM

    Okay, it is not too late for me to improve a LOT! Not everyone has the biological & physiological potential to get to the level she achieved, but we can all improve. Thanks for the inspirations!!! Every day is a NEW DAY! Yea!!!


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NELLJONES 6/22/2012 9:23AM

    There are a lot of people who started late. Johnny Carson took up tennis in his 50s and ended up a 5.0 player. It's never too late.

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WOUBBIE 6/22/2012 9:13AM

    Woohoo! Needed that today! She started at 56!?!?! Then I should have a 2 year edge on her!


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BELTONWALKER67 6/22/2012 9:11AM

    emoticonThank you for sharing with us!

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GABY1948 6/22/2012 9:07AM

    VERY inspiring...THANKS!

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/22/2012 8:46AM

    She is certainly an inspiration.

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The Daily Walk (with Pics)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Every day he takes a walk at the same time.
Every day she waits for him and they walk together.

Wouldn't it be great if we all had friends like this. No words needed. Just walking in Friendship.


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AMBUDMAN 6/9/2012 10:34AM

    Gives you a happy feeling. emoticon

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JPR-ARTIST 6/5/2012 9:54AM

    How precious!! Thanks for sharing... are they 'relatives' of yours?

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JUSTJO66 5/31/2012 10:30AM

    Adorable. I loved the pictures.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/30/2012 9:57PM

    Wonderfully emoticon I just loved this. Thanks.

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DGAIL51 5/29/2012 2:59PM

    Love it, love it! So Cute!

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PJSTIME 5/27/2012 5:00PM

    SO sweet and truly a good friendship

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    They are both so cute you would have to be a fool not to want to walk with either one of them. LOL.

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JOANNS4 5/27/2012 2:49PM

    How precious! Thank you.

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SUPERMOUSE35 5/27/2012 1:01PM

    Aww, I love this. :D

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ZEEDRA 5/27/2012 11:39AM

    Wonderful! I could use that right now...in the pits. Sandra

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/27/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon So sweeˇ

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JEANNE229 5/27/2012 11:02AM

    I LOVE this, Karen. Touches the heart...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

That was the name of the text my DIL sent me recently. It was about my son Danny and my 8 yr. old Granddaughter, Sydney:

"Pure Love! I came downstairs last night just before bed and found Danny letting Sydney paint his nails with clear polish!"

LOL. I could hardly believe it. My 6'1", strong, conservative Federal Agent son, letting anyone paint his nails with anything!

I WISH I could have heard the conversation that took place just before, emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 9:15AM

    That is a good father!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/26/2012 11:13PM

    LOL!! We certainly know who is in charge. LOL.

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ZEEDRA 5/26/2012 8:58PM

    The relationship between daughter and father can be so special when the father is able to open up to it. Your son obviously has. I know you are proud of him...a new dimension, for sure, and very sweet.

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VINGRAM 5/26/2012 5:40PM

    How sweet! emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 5/25/2012 9:37PM

    I'd love to see a photo of this!

Great job being a daddy. And definitely PURE LOVE!

Have a great weekend, Karen.


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WOUBBIE 5/25/2012 8:40PM

    Glad I clicked on your blog! This made me smile!

It reminds me of the big jock I used to work with whose daughter managed to get him to play dolls. (He did insist that it had to be a boy doll, though - GI Joe or an action figure of some kind! LOL!)

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PJSTIME 5/25/2012 7:40PM

    That would have been a good conversation and an even better picture.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/25/2012 4:37PM

    Danny must love his son to have painted nails. That's sweet and funny.

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