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Baby due, grannie on the move

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Our son's second child is due this weekend, so I am packing today to drive the 5 hours to his house, to be the live in sitter for my granddaughter while the hullabaloo of her sibling's birth goes on. I am really looking forward to spending some time with her, and to easing some of my son's worries about the event. They will have to travel an hour over mountain roads to reach the hospitol once labor starts. I do hope the weather holds for them. Adverse weather is no joke here. Driving weather for me tomorrow does not look too good. Morning rain is expected to turn into sleet or snow over all or part of the journey. My little Camry is ill equipted for this, tho I am experienced in driving in ice and snow. Hate sleet, however. I plan to leave early, allow for slow going, and take my time. Want to arrive in time to help pick up my granddaughter from her nursery school, meet her teachers and get OKed to pick her up if needed next week. Wish me luck, or better, say a prayer! I really prefer staying inside with a mug of hot tea and a good book in our winter mix weather, but for family, needs must!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/16/2013 10:03PM

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LJCANNON 10/16/2013 8:12PM

    emoticon Will be drinking Hot Tea and saying Prayers for Safe Travel and an Uneventful Delivery for your Family. (any possibility of renting a bigger car for your Trip?)
emoticon Thank You for sharing your Blessing with us!

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ANGRITTER 10/16/2013 7:42PM

    What wonderful news! Keep your strength up by taking plenty of stops to rest and stretch and enjoy that little one when it arrives! YAY!!!

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SUSIEPH1 10/16/2013 7:24PM

    Take care Angel .. Sounds like you may have some challenges on the way .. Hope all goes well .. Hugs Susie emoticon

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DANMAR1 10/16/2013 7:12PM

  I am so excited for you. I hope you all make wonderful memories. I did just say a prayer for the Lord's travel mercies to be there for your trip and their trip to the hospital. Please let us know how all this went when you get back to us on SP. hugs Margarette

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ALICIA214 10/16/2013 7:06PM


I hope you have a safe trip to your son's home and your grand child arrive's in our
world in good time .Drive carefully. emoticon

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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/16/2013 6:32PM

    Congratulations on the pending birth of your grandchild.
Just go slow and you will be at your son's safe and sound.

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Of commitments, and lifestyle choices

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hubby's commitment to exercise lasted two days. He's back flopped crosswise on our bed. A freeze is predicted for Friday, so we are scurrying to harvest the remnants in our garden. Hopefully both of us will benefit from this gentle exercise. I have been making it to the exercise room for half hour on the elliptical trainer every day they unlock the doors, and walked to grocery and back Saturday, but haven't been doing my small weights or other walking, except to church and back. I just cannot seem to match the calories I burn swimming. Nevertheless, i weighed in 3 pounds lighter today, amazing! We are eating lots of high fiber, low calorie and delicious melon right now, trying to eat it all up before it spoils. Wish I could garden all year! And swim! I am looking forward to the slower pace of winter, however. And hoping we get some takers for Bible Sharing, i have missed it so, and do believe it will be good for our little church to share faith in this way. Good to make a commitment again, too.

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/30/2013 10:56PM

  Sorry to hear about your spouse.Perhaps when his back has improved he can take babysteps. Your certainly improving. Great! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/30/2013 10:56PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well .. Keep up the good work .. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Opps! Yay!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

So apparently I cannot read a scale reliably. At least, i cannot imagine I lost over 10 pounds in the past 10 days. Nevertheless, I weighed in at just under 246, the lowest I have been in 20 years. I had a nurse double check me, to be sure that was accurate, and asked if the machines had been recalibrated or something, but no, same old scale. So I am a happy camper, on the way down again, even if only by inches. Yay! Hubby also on track, starting to exercise and happy with lower calorie healthy meals. Double Yay!

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DEDICATED2HIM 9/25/2013 3:16AM

    YAY is right! Great going!

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DANMAR1 9/22/2013 8:30AM

  I am so glad!! Doing the happy dance with you. hugs

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SUSIEPH1 9/21/2013 8:04PM

    Sounds really fantastic to me .. You are doing great .. Keep the Spark ..
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Restart needed

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I am so disgruntled! I weighed in this afternoon at the clinic and discovered I have gained ten pounds back over the summer, about what I lost all last year. Grrr! I knew I wasn't paying enough attention, but swam every day and felt so good I was able to cut back on my meds for several weeks. Now the honeymoon is over, the weather has changed, the pool has closed, I am so stiff and sore I could barely mount the elliptical and hardly get it to move. With monumemtal effort I stayed on it for 22 minutes and managed to complete one circle on its screen, the equivalent of one quarter mile. Last Spring I was doing 30 minutes at a session and completing over a circles, half a mile. I have so far to go just to get back to where I was! Something has sent my body into a flare. Every move I make hurts, and takes seemingly forever. I did feel better after exercising, tho, hard as it was. This past 10 days I have neglected that, driving too much and moving too little. I did hike some in Yellowstone with my son and granddaughter one day, which was wonderful, of course, so glad I went, even if briefly. But the rest of the week was spent driving or in sit down classes, stressful. I did swim once at the motel, but motel pools are for relaxing, not working out. I could not do my exercises effectively in it. Anyway, changes are obviously needed. Exercise has to be put back as priority, even in this harvest season. And all the little "treats" that have crept back into my diet have to go. The calories I burn thru exercise are cut in half when I cannot swim, as nothing else I can do burns calories with near that intensity. Must cut back at the table, whether hubby likes it or no. Sigh... emoticon

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CRAFTSFAN1 9/11/2013 5:58PM

    Every single day we have an opportunity to start over. Today is your day. Start with baby steps until you build the strength to add up more changes into your life.
As Indygirl says: little movements are the preparation for big ones. Little changes are a lot better than nothing.

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DANMAR1 9/11/2013 11:12AM

  You can do it!! Thank goodness this is a life style change and not a diet..that gives us the time to get back on track. smile Look at the good changes that you have made too.

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SUSIEPH1 9/11/2013 5:40AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me ... I know you can do this .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Learning curve so far

Friday, July 26, 2013

We spent 5 days in Yellowstone last week, as we have nearly every summer for the past 23 years. This year I was able to walk much farther than I have for many years, both. Withand without my rollator walker. I could have organized it better. I chose our first full day to test myself with a 5 to 7 mile hike, using only a walking stick. I wanted to walk to Imperial geyser, a seven mile round trip.that proved too far, especially first day out in such high altitude. But I was able to make it out to Fairy Falls and back, the five mile version of that hike. It was beautiful, and difficult for me, very slow and requiring many rest stops. My feet and knees were very painful the remainder of that day, and i did take 2 mg of prednisone that day and the next, and 1mg daily for the rest of the trip. I have been reducing using Pred, eliminating it for several weeks, but the 2mg is still only half my prescribed dose. I think I will still be able to tell my doc I can manage on 1 mg daily when we meet in December, much less than I have been taking for many years.the second day I used my walker to go into the Upper geyser basin, where it is a wonderful help, as you need to wait on geysers so often if you want to see actual eruptions. With the walker, i can sit comfortably to visit and rest while waiting. There is always wildlife and wild flowers to view, too. I walked about 2 1/2 miles among the geysers that day and saw several major eruptions. Of course we drove a lot, too, viewing wildlife. I walked along the lake edge at Lake Yellowstone while my husband went out on the lake fishing - he caught and released 3 large cut throat trout. The last day I walked up part of the Washburn trail, famous for wonderful wild flowers. They were spectacular! I have had to adjust to walking out alone, since my husband has become largely immobile because of his size, knee problems heart limitations in high altitudes. He keeps telling me he is going to start to exercise but I have seen no progress there lately. Finding things we can enjoy together has been challenging, but we are managing. My exercise program has really helped me, but not eliminated all problems. My knees still slip out of joint occasionally, my back is beginning to resist straightening all the way. Aging is not fun. But I am very pleased with how well I did on my own, and with being able to reduce my meds. I am reducing the Enbrel as well, back to a weekly injection instead of twice weekly. Swimming daily. When at home is a great help, really works out the kinks in the warm water this time of year. Weight loss has not progressed lately, I need to work at that more, but I am maintaining my losses to date.

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SUSIEPH1 7/26/2013 2:37AM

    emoticon . There is life after injury
... I am so impressed with your determination to help yourself .. I know it can be done because I have done it too ... I was on 15mg Prednisolone tabs every day for 8 years and I eventually weaned myself off them and started to lose weight .. I now walk every where and I love it , I also use a wheelie walker ..
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BRAVELUTE 7/26/2013 2:01AM

    OMG, I haven't ever walked farther than 3 miles at a time. You HAVE improved since I met you last year. That is amazing!! I'm so glad I saw this blog. You know I love the water. You actually feel human when you can get in the water and MOVE. Obviously your body is working on other changes inside besides losing weight. That will again happen. Angel, to what do you attribute this fantastic improvement? I know you are doing a variety of exercises, but how have you even been able to do them in the first place?

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