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Saturday, June 01, 2013

First off I am hoping this blog uploads as I have had great difficulty with this the past several days.

The nutritionist canceled the appointment I had scheduled with her this week and reset it for the 1st of July. Now I must wait until then to weigh in which will take an act of God to keep me away from the home scale but I will try!

In other news, DH and I are so tired! We've been cleaning, sanding and staining cabinets and floor to ceiling shelving all day. They look so good though and worth the hard work! Can't wait to tackle the rest! emoticon

Tomorrow we are headed to church in the am for the grandson's Soccer Awards Banquet along with the daughter, Dan, her ex, his wife and parents. Should be fun! Super proud of the grandson and the whole Cobra team. They ended the season UNDEFEATED!! emoticon emoticon

Monday, our grandson graduates from Kindergarten. emoticon Can't believe how fast this school year has flown by. He can slow down anytime now. emoticon It's been such a big year for the little man and the next will be bigger still with First Grade and all it has to offer, in addition to the baby brother he will meet for the first time come Fall.

In anticipation of the class party that will follow graduation Monday, I made up some treats for him to give out to his classmates and teachers. A simple, fast and inexpensive way to help kick off Summer vacation! Just 30 minutes and under $10 for 30 of them.

I also found a really cute idea on PINTEREST that I decided to begin for the grandson as well. I bought the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr., Seuss. I printed out an instructional poem, lamented it and attached it to the front of the book with ribbon. At the end of every school year from now until his HS graduation, his teachers and other educators (PE, Art, Drama, Club, Coaches, etc) will be asked to write a special note, memory, song, poem or other encouragement in the book. There is also room designated for Family and Friends to give their words of wisdom, a place for pictures, memorabilia and a special section for his own thoughts, dreams and visions of the future. I talked it over with the daughter and she was is very happy with this idea. I hope come graduation years down the road my grandson will appreciate the thought behind the gift as well.

Hope everybody is having a great weekend! Wishing all my fellow Sparkies a safe, fun and Sparktacular SUMMER!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/12/2013 5:30PM

    You are always so amazing! So creative and thoughtful!!!
Love this book and your terrific idea of ho w to make it even more special!!
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LKWQUILTER 6/3/2013 4:19PM

    What a wonderful idea Sallie. Have a great summer.

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CATLADY52 6/3/2013 1:23PM

    That is a great idea! Have a great summer. emoticon

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A-Z About Me! (via HEALHTYSLIM2)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

If you read it ... you have to do it ... have a little fun!

A - Age: 54 years young emoticon

B - Bed size: king but downsizing to a queen soon

C - Chore you hate: scrubbing toilets and cleaning the cat box! Double YUCK!!

D - Dog's name: Cinnamon, our brown lab which the grandson nicknamed Meme, the runaway dog. No leash=a visit to every neighbor in sight to catch up on all the latest gossip. emoticon

E - Essential start of your day: stretching and prayer

F - Favorite color: blue

G - Gold or Silver: both

H - Height: 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: none emoticon

J - Job title: early education teacher (preK-3rd)

K - Kid(s): one daughter and one grandson

L - Living arrangements: 4 bdrm 3 bath house

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: five as a child, three as a teen, one in 2002.

P - Pet Peeve: people who pretend to be something they are not, rudeness/ bad manners

Q - Quote from a movie: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it." Rafiki in "The Lion King"

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: 1 brother, 1 sister, both older, sister passed away in 2008

T - Time you wake up: 6am, if I am lucky enough to get to sleep.

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": ukulele

V - Vegetable you dislike: beets and turnips

W - Ways you run late: husband

X - X-rays you've had: kidney, mammogram, dental, chest, sinus, arm, knees, elbow. Am I glowing yet?

Y - Yummy food you make: pasta dishes and desserts

Z - Zoo favorite: tigers and monkeys

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/13/2013 7:06PM

    Thanks so much for playing!! emoticon emoticon

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MUFFINSKI 5/31/2013 2:38PM

    Nice blog and such fun too!

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IOEINC 5/26/2013 9:13PM

    That was fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!


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CHLOE453 5/26/2013 7:30PM

    emoticon This was such a fun blog to read....thank you for posting!!!

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Week In Review

Friday, May 17, 2013

DH and I have enjoyed seeing the grandson twice already this week. Wednesday, we took him after school to his favorite indoor play place where the owners have built a new super large Jungle Jim/ Clubhouse for all the kids to enjoy. Our grandson was over the moon at seeing it and played in it for hours. He didn't even miss one of the extra large bounce houses they needed to take way to have space for it. I talked my daughter into meeting us there so she could see her son's reaction to the surprise. She and I talked "nicely" together while my husband played with our grandson and she even showed me a Power Point Presentation on the Titanic that she did for one of her classes. She got a 96.8 on it! She also took the time to tell me that my grandson received an excellent end of the year review from his teachers. As a retired early education teacher and a grandmother to boot I really enjoyed hearing how well he is doing in school. And if all this wasn't enough shock to my system, my daughter even invited her dad and me to attend our grandson's Soccer Banquet on the 2nd. WOW! Now, I know all this "niceness" can and most likely will be short lived when it comes to my daughter but at this stage I will enjoy any break in the "drama" I can get. emoticon After the play place, DH and I took the little man to Applebee's for dinner before returning him home. All in all, it was a good day!

Thursday, the daughter texted us to asked if we could pick up her son again from school and take care of him until bedtime. She was on the way to the ER with a sore throat from hell, no voice and trouble breathing. Turns out she has a severe case of Strep Throat. She had to get a steroid injection in the back of her throat (OUCH!) to take down the swelling and inflammation and was prescribed a course of antibiotics. DH and I took our grandson back to the play place than to a nearby lake for a picnic dinner and to feed the ducks, geese and swans before heading home. I helped with his bath, story time and put him to bed. By this time our daughter had returned home with a very raspy voice but at least she has one now, and told us of her ordeal.

If we haven't been busy this week with the grandson, DH and I have been painting! The kitchen is coming along quite nicely. DH and I have finished the trim throughout the kitchen and laundry room which includes all the crown molding, chair molding, windows and doorways, doors and base boards. We have changed it from a medium country blue to white. It took 3 coats of paint with primer to cover the blue but it was worth the extra work. What a difference a color can make! The windows and doorways all look so much larger now. We are quite happy with it. Next up the wall color which will be "Westminster Gold" from Benjamin Moore. I will upload pictures but not until after the kitchen is complete.

As for today, I'm relaxing. I am a bit tired, not to mention SORE. So I am taking the day off. Tomorrow we will be off to the grandson's soccer game in the morning. Go Cobras! I hope my fellow Sparkies all have a great weekend. Keep Sparking my friends! WE CAN do whatever we set our minds to. emoticon

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LINDA! 5/18/2013 1:12PM

    It was a nice and busy week for you. I know from experience, there is always a spot for our grandchildren....anytime our children want us to babysit is just fine... emoticon

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SAILING2GOAL 5/18/2013 11:39AM

    Nice to hear you're having a good week. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the kitchen!

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IMAVISION 5/17/2013 7:07PM

    Sounds like y'all had an enjoyable week. I hope that your daughter is enjoying complete healing by the time you read this.

I am interesting to see your kitchen all finished. It sounds as through it will be quite lovely.

God bless!

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CRAFTINWIFE 5/17/2013 6:37PM

    emoticon Sounds like a wonderful week!

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IOEINC 5/17/2013 5:02PM

    SOunds like a lovely week for you!!


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BRENDABUNNY 5/17/2013 4:32PM

    Glad to hear your having a great time with peanut and getting along with DD for a bit....I know you much rather prefer things to go smooth so here's hoping it will...have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/17/2013 3:11PM

    Really glad you are having a good week Sallie.

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ITSJUSTJANE 5/17/2013 3:05PM

    Glad you are having a good week with your daughter and grandson. :) I can't wait to see the pics of your kitchen. It's amazing what a little paint can do!!

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Friday, May 10, 2013

Besides painting the kitchen this week, my grandson and I got busy Wednesday afternoon making gifts for his teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. As a former teacher myself I knew his Kindergarten teachers would like the Apple Print Canvas Tote Bags he made for them and filled with delicious red and green apples as well as the Thumbprint Animal Note Card Sets he designed for both of them. I received word from my daughter yesterday that the gifts were a BIG HIT with both teachers and that his primary teacher even cried when my grandson handed his gift to her. emoticon

The little man and I also made his mommy a set of Thumbprint Note Cards and designed a Coffee Cup that we filled with instant mocha coffee packets and candy kisses for him to give her for Mother's Day along with a card.

Tomorrow we are heading to our grandson's soccer game in the morning and afterward having brunch at Olive Garden with him, our daughter and Dan. Hoping for a peaceful day!

Wishing all the teachers in Spark-land a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. To all the mommies and grandmommies... HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! Have a great weekend everybody!

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CRAFTINWIFE 5/11/2013 1:02AM

    emoticon gifts!

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BRENDABUNNY 5/10/2013 10:26PM

    Nice job Sallie great gifts and so thoughtful of you emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/10/2013 7:01PM

    You do so much with and for your little guy. He is blessed to have you for a Grandma. Have a super Mother's Day too Sallie. ((HUGS))

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SWIMLOVER 5/10/2013 5:26PM

  My daughter is a Preschool Teacher and she has been getting really nice gifts. I am a retired Preschool Teacher and I really miss being with the children.

Happy Mother's Day to you!

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SABLENESS 5/10/2013 4:36PM

    Will you be my gramma??? You are the best!

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PMFISH 5/10/2013 4:30PM

    Know the teachers will love the bags and bet Mommy will really like her cup. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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RURAL3 5/10/2013 4:04PM

    You are so creative. What great gifts for his teachers. He is so lucky to have you. emoticon

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Nutritionist Sets New Goals

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Today began with a visit to my ENT. I have small ear canals so I need to have my ears cleaned out every 6 months which is always fun. emoticon This time I took along DH because I have been noticing he is not hearing too well. After 30+ years of marriage it could be just selective hearing on his part but I think it's more than that. So the doctor checked his ears and they are clear so he wants to do a hearing test but of course DH is in denial and has decided to put it off until whenever.

After lunch I went to my appointment with the nutritionist. Amanda is her name, and she is very nice and seems to know her stuff. We spoke for an hour. Of course the first thing she says to me is," Does your Creatinine level usually run a bit high?" I said no, but my doctor said it was just a little high and that he wasn't concerned. She said okay and that lots of things can cause it to run a bit high like for example dehydration. Though I don't think I was dehydrated the day of my labs because I drank 5 glasses of water an hour before to ward off dehydration so they wouldn't have to stick me a bijillion times. Nonetheless her asking about it only served to increase my concern especially since I only have 1 kidney. I lost the other when I was 8. However I can't allow this to stress me out and have to have faith my doctor knows what he's doing. If he isn't concern about it than I need to let it go. Like I said before I can't undo the harm I have already caused my body but my hope is that I can stall further damage at least for as long as I can.

Anyway, all and all it was a good visit. Amanda tweaked my meal plan for me a bit. Here are my NEW daily guidelines:
Calories: 1,300 - 1,500
Sodium: 2,000 mg or under
Protein: 84 - 90 g
Carbs: 45 g for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 15 g per snack

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner must each have a protein source.
My morning and afternoon snack must consist of a 15 g carb and a protein.
Over the next four weeks she wants me to increase my walking to a mile and a half 5-6 days a week.

As for sodium, she said the new guidelines for EVERYONE is no more than 1500 mg per day. However that this is difficult to do, she said, when the food industry has yet to catch up with the new guidelines. So she has given me a 2,000 mg goal per day for now which I am currently obtaining for the most part except for days I eat out. For those times I do the best I can and make the wisest choices possible.

She has also instructed me to start taking a Calcium supplement with Vitamin D and Magnesium.

She weighed me at the hospital and the scale there read 236. emoticon That's 8 lbs heavier than my home scale. Yikes! Not sure which one I should follow? It's such a big difference.

She also has scheduled to see me again in 4 weeks. I was surprised by this as I thought this was a onetime only visit but according to her she will have on-going regular meetings with me. I wonder if this is the norm when it comes to nutritionists. I don't mind it as it will help keep me motivated and on track however DH is not pleased. To him it is just an added expense he feels I don't need. Nevertheless I will attend whatever meetings she sets up regardless of how he feels about it. I have spent way too many years doing what others want me to do. It's time I put me and my health first and foremost. This is a start in the right direction!

While I was waiting for DH to pick me up at the hospital today I walked around the very large parking lot - 30 minutes. Go ME! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 5/8/2013 1:02AM

    You come first - stick to your guns and keep those appointments, as they are important Sallie-care!

Good for you that you chose to walk around the parking lot while you waited. BRAVO!!

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LINDA! 5/3/2013 2:34PM

    I have gone to a nutritionist due to heart disease. But it has been a few years since I saw her. They really know their stuff and make good suggestions. It is good that you will have regular appointments;

Glad to hear that you used your time to walk around the parking lot. emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 5/1/2013 9:55PM

    Sallie I am so happy you got to see a nutritionist my Dr referred me back in January and I started seeing mine (her name is Kate)and she said most everything the same as yours except she was pretty firm on the no more then 1500 mg sodium a day and if I eat at home like I'm suppose to I can stay right under 1500 mg sodium.
She set my calorie range from 1200-1500 and the exact same thing with 45 carbs per meal ad 15 carbs per snack I tend to go a little higher on my carbs but since March 4th I have brought my fasting blood sugars from 170's down to 115-130.
A lot also lays in the exercise part Kate set mine at 3x a day I started at 10 and she increased me each week up 5 till I get to 30 minutes 3x a day.
I got stuck on 3x a day for 20 minutes for a bit now because the consistency of exercise actually started hurting my knee but I am ready now to move forward to the 25- 3x a day.
I have lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks and I was so stuck in a rut before getting her advice I would go up & down over and over.
And she likes to see me every 4 weeks too but I have made mine about 6 weeks apart now because I know what to do and it does hold me accountable I finally feel like I have someone who really wants to see me succeed and help me to do that.
My insurance covers all but 15 % of my visits because my Dr. put it in as a referral of diabetes so each visit cost me $34.04 and I feel I am worth that and so are you!
I started blogging the first week of every month in January with the results of how my program/life has changed.
I will be doing my May blog this Monday on the 6th.
My nutritionist strongest words every time she sees me is EXERCISE,EXERCISE,EXERCISE!...Lol
She says that and low sodium are what fixes the blood sugar and high blood pressure.
I am so excited to hear your future progress when you meet up with her again!
You can do this Sallie you are so worth it my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/1/2013 8:31PM

    Sounds like you had a really good meeting with the nutritionist Sallie. You clothes could have made a difference in your weight--did you keep your shoes on and maybe heavier clothes than you wear at home. I know about that big time. lol I usually weight more at the dr than I do at home cause of that too. Yeah for staying focused on taking care of Sallie!! You go girl!!

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