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Stress and Eating!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

My recent bout of "The Troubles" (written about in several previous blogs), which I've re-named "Mother Madness" has earned me 3 extra pounds! I no longer come home and eat a pint of ice cream after dealing with my 90 year old, very independent and uncooperative mother. I'm thankful for that! However, I do still seem to compensate by overeating certain "comfort" foods. sigh

I'm stuck. Too old to be emancipated, lol. Can't divorce her. Have no siblings. If I ignore her, she's on the phone with a barrage of nastiness to both my sons, who are always wonderful to her and help me a lot. (She did tell someone at the grocery store the other day, where I take her at least once a week, that "I have no children" - I should have recorded that and made it official, hmm?)

I was only about 2 lbs from goal and now I'm 5 lbs from goal. While talking with my primary care physician this week, about my recent struggle to keep my blood pressure in line, we made a discovery that confirms what I already knew.

He took my BP first. It was a little high. Not unusual for a doctor's office visit. Then we talked about my mother a while and he took my BP again and it had gone UP 40 pts!

When stressed, my mind empties of all the good, healthy lifestyle proven ways of staying in a healthy zone, and I curl up and eat, don't exercise, etc. etc.

So, I'm promising myself to get a grip here! I'll go back in 6 months for the full blood test ritual and blood pressure, of course. I know what to do. I've developed my own plan over a period of a year's worth of trial and error. Now to JUST DO IT!

While in this process, I'm lowering my goal by 5 lbs too. I was at the top of my accepted range with the first goal. I know I'll be safer and healthier if I reach a slightly lower goal.

So here I go. Back to swimming, walking, cutting out starch and sugar as much as possible and consuming all the veggies I can! AND measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, logging food - every single day.

I've been down this path before. The tracks should be easy to follow, lol.

Karen

  
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HONOURIA 4/30/2013 2:50PM

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FISHINGLADY66 3/14/2013 9:29PM

    emoticon emoticon Sorry I'm late in reading your blog. Hoping and praying things will settle down and you can relax for a while.
God Bless and (((Hugs)))

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PJSTIME 3/7/2013 8:36PM

    Karen I am so sorry you have to deal with your mother stress. But I also know you are aware of what you need to do and WILL manage to reach our goals.

My stress from last year caused me to gain 10 pounds. I should say I let it be my excuse because actually I could have kept on exercising and eating correctly, but I instead used that as my excuse. Why or why do we do this to ourselves. We are old enough to know better and still we do it anyway.

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KATHY024 3/7/2013 3:50AM

    Maybe it's time to put yourself First in your life Sounds harsh but maybe you will be able to cope with your difficult aging mom a little better if you put her in the "backseat" position and work on your own health and happiness. emoticon You will make it back!




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XNANNY 3/6/2013 10:32PM

    emoticon Wishing you peace and patience.

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JEANNE229 3/6/2013 4:56PM

    I had a "troublesome" mom, too. It IS stressful, but what do you do? Thankfully you get away from some of it with Joe. SO glad you have that enjoyable relationship. It sounds like the perfect one! Mom had several brain scans that showed "infarcts" which damage the brain and change the personality. She was a sweet woman but died very sad and mean. Yet I miss her still.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/6/2013 1:19PM

    Karen, it's so difficult to deal with our mothers.
We are going to south Ga. to celebrate mother's 90th birthday. The immediate family is meeting at a restaurant for dinner. We are keeping it simple and stress-free if that' s possible.
She has had a bad week. She saw 2 doctors yesterday.

Good luck. I understand what you are going through.

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GABY1948 3/6/2013 10:51AM

    Karen, where would we be without our sons? If you remember I went through almost this very thing with my mother until she "left" in 2006. When I read things like this blog I am SO thankful that I don't have to go through them anymore! Another thing I am thankful for is that, like you, I am nothing like her...I am like my dad totally! God Bless you and one day you will have some peace of mind. Though it took me about 2 years to relax after she was gone...I, to this day, hate the phone ringing!
And your are my chief inspiration for being able to get the health right...and I have not a doubt that you will emoticon

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DEMETERSCO 3/6/2013 10:24AM

    Hang in thee, my friend. You have inspired me so much with your words of wisdom - about my health and eating issues, for example. This is a good place to vent your frustration. As you support others, let yourself be supported by our encouragement. WE know you can do it and we know you know how!
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IFATFIRST77 3/6/2013 9:53AM

    Oh dear, Karen I am sorry to hear shes still as spirited as ever emoticon Good on you for stepping back a bit to remember all the tools you have at your ready to take care of you. Good luck on your new goal my friend, you'll do great!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/6/2013 9:25AM

    I can relate. I had a difficult relationship at times with my mother. You must take care of yourself though and set limits. This is not good for either of you and you know it. Good luck!

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LOVESTOWALK49 3/6/2013 8:36AM

    Best of luck.

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ZEEDRA 3/6/2013 8:10AM

    I'm rooting for you, Karen. I firmly believe that when we have your kind of success in our history, it's easier to pick up the pieces and do it again. Most of us never go all the way back.
I've been too easy on myself over the years. So accommodating that I've kept giving myself a new "ceiling", i.e., top weight beyond which I won't go. I'm now working at knocking back one of those ceilings and once goal is reached, never to return to that easy goal. I'll soon have that 10 pound ceiling behind me (no joking!).

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--KREN 3/6/2013 8:10AM

    Thanks, Nell, but this is really not a personality change for my mother. If you weren't a nice young lady, or a nice middle aged lady, you won't be nice old lady either!
My sons are like yours. Mostly let it roll off. One of them is not quite as good at it as the other, lol. But they always advise me to try to be that way.

Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 3/6/2013 8:09AM

    Good for you in getting a grip and not letting all the stress stop you for reaching your goals. You have done it before and you will succeed again. Sometimes it's a big step from knowing what to do and actually doing it, but you said it all with the "Just Do It"! emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 3/6/2013 8:06AM

    I so understand! My mother is the same way. I wish I had my kids' equanimity, or my sister's. Mom's mental issues just go over their heads. They tell me to just let her be the a** she has become, it's not her fault, there is nothing I can do about it. If I knew the answer I'd patent it and be a gazillionaire. At least I saw her MRI which showed all those hundreds of tiny strokes. Maybe your mother is the same?

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Thank You for the Prayers!

Monday, March 04, 2013

My DIL sent me an email late last night which I found this morning as I sat here having coffee at my computer, a morning ritual for me.

She said little Sydney has some new hair growth in one of her bald spots! Finally! We have all been worrying and praying and I know that many of you joined us with your own prayers and wishes and positive thoughts.

So THANK YOU for all the Goodness you send Sydney's way. We're hoping this signals the beginning of the END of her problem!

Karen
A very happy Grandma.

  
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CEILIE2 3/14/2013 2:23PM

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Great news for sure.
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ZEEDRA 3/5/2013 9:06PM

    I'm subscribed!

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JENNY888 3/4/2013 4:48PM

    Great news Karen.

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CATHY629 3/4/2013 12:55PM

    That is good news,you must be so pleased.
I pray that it continues to improve.
Cathy

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GABY1948 3/4/2013 12:26PM

    So glad to hear this, Karen! I am in charge of the prayer list to send out to our church members and had sent it out to many people who have been praying for her. I was hoping you would give us a praise report when you got it! And I am passing that on also! Good news indeed!

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PDSLIM 3/4/2013 9:05AM

    good news

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/4/2013 8:27AM

    I'm so relieved, GF. This is certainly good news. I sent another prayer that this healing continues.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/4/2013 8:08AM

    Thank you for letting us know the good news Karen. That's wonderful. I will continue to remember her in my prayers.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/4/2013 7:07AM

    Karen, I am so glad to hear the good news. Please continue to keep us updated.
The prayers will continue.


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My DIL requesting prayers for my granddaughter.

Friday, February 15, 2013

My DIL posted this on Facebook today:

"I would like to ask all my FB friends & family if you could pray for my daughter Sydney - for the last 4 months, she has been suffering from a case of alopecia & she's now almost completely bald in the back of her head. They think its from her tonsillectomy being so hard on her skinny little body. She is getting treated with high dose steroids one weekend a month to try & stop her immune system from attacking her hair but so far no luck. It hurts my heart to brush & fix her hair each morning trying to cover the bald areas because Sydney always had this very thick, beautiful hair. I know the power of prayer can get her hair growing again."

I thought I'd extend this prayer request to the kind members of SP. And thank you in advance for your prayers.

Sydney will be 10 next month. This is who you're praying for - - -



Karen

  
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DEMETERSCO 3/4/2013 9:57AM

    Karen - I just read this and your newer blog. I am so glad to hear that the problem is resolving itself - I know how powerful prayer is and I'm adding mine that it continues to improve. for Sydney.
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FISHINGLADY66 3/1/2013 8:36PM

    Karen I'm so sad I didn't get this blog due to my illness and hospital stay. I am still trying to dig myself out of hundreds of E-mails. I will pray for Sydney and I hope she is doing better by now. We have so much love for the precious little children and don't want them to be sick in any way.
God be with you and Sydney's family.
(((Hugs)))

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/18/2013 9:01PM

    I certainly will pry for this beautiful little girl!

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HOLISTIC5 2/18/2013 8:45AM

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NOMIS1 2/18/2013 8:25AM

    Karen - I am so sorry to hear this - of course she has my prayers.

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CHRISTINASP 2/18/2013 7:31AM

    Prayer sent.

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ZEEDRA 2/17/2013 7:52PM

    Karen: My prayers go out to Sydney and all your family. I hope there is a very positive resolution to this. Hugs, Sandra

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 2:45PM

    Just got here...computer problems...will be praying for her also! Let us know progress! emoticon

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BUGLET- 2/16/2013 11:21AM

    Bless her heart. I will pray. God loves her and will help her. emoticon

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CATHY629 2/16/2013 10:59AM

    I will say a prayer for Sydney,and hope a cure is found.
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NELLJONES 2/16/2013 8:38AM

    My prayers are with Sydney and the whole family. I hope the problem is temporary. About 15 years ago I had some surgery on my face, and a month or so after about 1/3 of my hair fell out. I was horrified. Then months after that it all started growing out again. It drove my hairdresser crazy to have this halo of hair growing out within my other hair. My doc said that some people have this reaction to anesthesia. I've had other surgeries since and it hasn't happened again, but it was terrifying when it happened.

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PJSTIME 2/16/2013 6:49AM

    Prayers for Sydney and family for a strength and a cure. emoticon

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JENNY888 2/16/2013 2:27AM

    My prayers are with Sydney and your family.

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SENIMMO 2/15/2013 11:37PM

    Prayers and hugs! What a beautiful little girl. What a blessing children are!

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AVANELL 2/15/2013 10:36PM

    Praying for little Sydney!

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 2/15/2013 9:25PM

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/15/2013 9:24PM

    MY PRAYERS FOR LITTLE SIDNEY AND HER MOTHER ARE HEARTFELT. MAY SHE HAVE A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY. PAT

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JEANNE229 2/15/2013 9:22PM

    Self image is SO important! How old is your granddaughter?

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Photos of my new Watercolor Project

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I have ordered some clear vinyl checkbook covers so I can insert a small watercolor painting/design into each one. I thought it would be a fun gift to give my cousins, friends, etc.

This is the first one that sort of happened accidentally. Next time I'll create some designs specifically to look good in this venue.

I hope you enjoy seeing the beginning of my new project. Remember -

I PAINT FOR SMILES!

Are you smiling?

Karen

  
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MADAMES 3/4/2013 5:49PM

    I love this! Everybody will be thrilled to receive such a personal and lovely gift! !

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/18/2013 8:59PM

    I totally love it!! Anyone would love to get this!!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/16/2013 11:27PM

    emoticon I'm smiling! Whar lucky people, to get one of these wonderful gifts from you! emoticon

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JENNY888 2/16/2013 2:29AM

    Love this cover. Your talent always amazes me.

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ZEEDRA 2/15/2013 6:49PM

    Karen: It's wonderful to see you advancing and creating and finding you niche!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/15/2013 1:53PM

    Karen that is very good. You are very talented. Yes I am smiling

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KICK-SS 2/15/2013 1:18AM

    Yes, I am smiling!!! Those are great Karen, I'm sure your friends and family will love them, especially since you've added such a personal touch!!

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FLAMENM 2/14/2013 8:59PM

    That is a great gift!

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WOUBBIE 2/14/2013 8:43PM

    Wow, I sure am! You do beautiful artwork!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/14/2013 7:46PM

    Oh very nice!!

and you might be able to take this one step farther and get clear book covers that you could slip a slightly larger watercolor in it (like for paperback novels where we don't want everyone to see what trashy novel we're reading!?)

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PJSTIME 2/14/2013 5:31PM

    Love it and the idea A very nice small gift idea. I want to do more of my own Christmas cards this year again.

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LIVINMYDREAMS 2/14/2013 5:24PM

    Very nice!

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New Bird Species Discovered! (pics)

Monday, February 04, 2013

New Bird Species Discovered!

Cutiedonius Pienocula aka Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie birdies, first discovered by Kren in Central Texas, are not known in any other part of the world.

This is how he was hatched. (You know, of course, that birdies hatch head first, lol)



So far only blue Cutie Pies have been observed, but it seems likely that other colors will show up at a later time.

I really like the look in his eye!

Karen

This is a great way to lose weight, lol. When I have a paintbrush in my hand, I don't even think about food.

  
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ZEEDRA 2/5/2013 1:44PM

    I LOVE it, Karen. Your painting is getting freer and freer and I really appreciate the soft touches where you've made your decisons and don't ever come close to overworking which is the death knell of watercolour painting.
Sweet, chubby bird. And I love your new philosophy of painting=no eating. I might end up licking the brushes! Ha!

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JEANNE229 2/5/2013 12:54PM

    LOVE your cutie pie! And your humor.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/4/2013 9:41PM

    I love him!! We can always use a another blue bird.

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/4/2013 8:12PM

    Wow he's adorable! You have quite an amazing talent! Thanks for sharing him with us!!!

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PJSTIME 2/4/2013 8:06PM

    Love your Cutie Pie - and keep painting

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JUDY1676 2/4/2013 7:12PM

    Great job! And great talent!

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VINGRAM 2/4/2013 6:52PM

    Great job....he makes me smile! emoticon

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--KREN 2/4/2013 6:20PM

    Thank you so much! I love this little guy more than anything I've painted, even the more complicated paintings I did before. He was just so much FUN, and he came right out of the end of my paintbrush, like he had been waiting there, lol.

I don't sell my artwork, although I've had people offer to buy it. Maybe one day. Right now it's retirement FUN.

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GABY1948 2/4/2013 6:17PM

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Karen! You could start your own eBay-type selling team on SPARK! You would be famous in no time!

Keep posting them! I love this little guy!

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CATHY629 2/4/2013 5:30PM

    Yes,he looks so cheeky,and really cute.
Cathy

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