Monday, August 02, 2010
I promised you I would do a photo blog. It had trouble due to illness yesterday (too much of the wrong thing at the sushi buffet Saturday with my dr son and DIL). To top it off, I try to upload photos from my Blackberry to the pc and EVERY TIME my pc shuts down! I ended up emailing them to myself!
The day began on Saturday with my middle son inviting us to his new home near where he will start his practice.
They are just living there for about a year. It's closer to his work, but the schools aren't the best. Steve has just finished his fellowship in cardiology at Loyola. He will be joining a team of physicians that works in 3 hospitals in Oswego, IL. His wife, Helen, is an Advocate physician working in a clinic several days per week.
From there I was to go to another suburb to FINALLY see my newest grandson who is still in neonatal intensive care. Hopefully Easton will be going home soon. He is now 4 pounds and 12 ounces. Here is is just born with his lovely mama, Michele
Steve, Helen and their precious little ones Jadyn and Ian took me out to dinner to a sushi buffet first. Little Jadyn picked me out a Tinker Bell cake. Here is Steve showing it to me before we left for the buffet.
Here's photos of the little ones at the restaurant: first Jadyn with mommy and now Ian who had been 'giving daddy five.'
Just two weeks before this, my partner Suz, DIL had her shower. Here are Ginger and Suz daughter, Dani at the start of the shower Ginger and Wayne's baby girl is to be born on August 12th.
Since this blog has been a long time coming, I'm going to add Jadyn and Ian on New Year's with their traditional Korean outfits.
Ben and Zach, grandsons from my oldest son, weren't able to attend my 64th celebration . You c an see them on the second page of my photos.
Here is the newest picture I have of the year old son of my daughter Grandma had brought him a bunch of new toys from a neighbor's garage sale.
Are you bored yet?
Lastly, here's me down 20 pounds (about 5 pounds ago). All the clothes are too big!
Now, with a family like that - who wouldn't want to get healthy? Thank you Spark Guy, coaches, team leaders and friends!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I was awakened today by my router beeping, telling me it was without power.
That meant NO COFFEE, NO PC and NO SPARKING! Oh, I can track on my Blackberry and see what emails I have, but its internet connection is very slow.
Electric was out on our side of the street for well over a block. The workmen who came to fix it were SO pleasant, apologetic and so friendly.
So were the clerks in the 7-11 where I went for coffee.
When I read my Daily Reflections email, it was about the value of friendship and our gratitude for it.
It got me thinking that (at least with my view of life) there are friends EVERYWHERE. I like the (American Indian?) quote, "Everyone is my friend until they've proved themselves my enemy." (actually I don't believe in enemies ;-)
My most valuable friends are the coaches and experts here at SparkPeople.com and ALL my wonderful Spark friends!
How they have encouraged me! Here I see friends who have a harder time than I do and who have an easier one, who weigh more and who weigh less than I do. I have younger and older Spark friends. I have friends both male and female. I have friends that I can encourage right back!
Whenever you are elated, frustrated, down on yourself, back from an absence, needing a prayer, congratulations or motivation (or when they are) - please be grateful to and communicate with your Spark friends. I am sure they are just as terrific as mine. In fact, many may be mutual!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I started this as a team post and then decided everyone should know!
The Amazing Cucumber
This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
(public newspaper, shared with permission)
Monday, July 26, 2010
My partner decided we should go out to celebrate my birthday a week early. She had a craving for seafood. We went to Red Lobster.
Now, I will precede details by saying I had a pleasant loss upon weighing in of 1.6 pounds. Even though Sunday is usually my day off from exercise, I did a stint on my elliptical bike and walked a bit anyway. (It makes me feel good!)
Now for the Red Lobster part: We had salad. Sue got her crab meat combo. I got salmon with broccoli and grilled pineapple, oh and some shrimp. I had a baked potato, but only ate half (alas, it had a pat of butter and a dollop of sour cream. At home I would have used fake butter spray and plain non-fat yogurt).
Sounds almost ok so far, right? Well...I didn't tell you about the crab stuffed, cheese covered mushrooms we shared for an appetizer. I think that's what did in my days' total.
Even though I looked at the dessert menu before our salads came (molten lava cake,,,OMG), I resisted.
When I got home I found a great website that lists all Red Lobster foods - even the entrees (everything but the protein. Drat!) It turns out I went between 300-400 calories over for the day.
Am I ashamed? No. Do I feel guilt? No. I am actually pleased that's all it was.
What will I do now? Maybe shave 50 or so calories over each of the next few days if I can do so without sacrificing my nutrition. I will also add a mile walk each day and an extra 10-15 minute session on my elliptical exercise bike.
And next week, on my actual birthday, when we think of going to Cheesecake Factory on the $50 gift card my son gave us for Christmas, I just might say, "Let's wait til next July 5th and do it for YOUR birthday." (the card has no expiration date)
(no need for birthday wishes here, friends. I love you all and assume that if you have a sec for a thought of me, they would be there)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Now that my 10 minute a daychallenge is ended, I vow to NEVER be sedentary again.
I read a SP health article about if people take under 5000 steps a day, that's what they are! I'm wear a pedometer. I have to redo my stride length, though, because as I have lost and become more limber, I believe it has lengthened!
Yesterday I did 40 minutes on my elliptical exercise bike and last evening a twenty minute walk.
I feel so good, so full of energy. I looked down at my legs the other evening while watching television and told my partner, "Susie, look! I'm sitting like a lady!" I haven't sat with one knee over the other leg for a long time!
Suz responded, "and your thighs don't hang over your knees anymore." Now that one got me! I had a picture in my head of thighs drooping down over my lower leg kinda like a midriff bulge. Suz explained, standing up and showing me the tiny bit only that her thigh projected out over her knee. She said that's how mine was now. Whew! I was worried.
I also find that if my energy starts to lag, I almost automatically head downstairs to exercise or outside to walk.
Tomorrow I get to weigh in again!
Thank you so much, Spark Guy and team and all my friends and teammates.
I wish you all the success and love I have attained.
SP will be like my Toastmasters club...I will ALWAYS be a member!
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