Friday, December 06, 2013
Some of us, okay me, have started a "Bucket List." Now on this list are several "goals in life"
and of course, getting healthy and staying healthy is priority #1. Our lists can be modified at any time, adjusted to our current lifestyle, patterns, and the problems that occur and how we handle them. But what about all the "fun things on our lists?"
My DH and I have traveled the great USA and finally checked off our 50th state, the great state of Oregon. As we traveled, we played a game of sorts. Name a State, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Some examples, Maine = Lobster, Utah = St. Lake City, Washington, DC = OUR CAPITOL, and Oregon = "BRENDABUNNY!" Yup, it works for me!!!! Our trip was fabulous, as we planned, scheduled, and made it happen to meet. Brenda and her proud supporter, Trace, also known as her DH, truly made our vacation. You can read her BLOG and see more photos on her page as well, but I wanted to share some of those precious moments with you all.
We also received some adorable gifts, totally unexpected, which places my SPIcon into the mix. My SPTurtle, all made from Oregon Shells, a little Shell "Treasure Box," my "Life isn't about waiting for the STORM to pass...it's about learning to dance in the RAIN" magnet, a beautiful card, and a keyring for my DH.
I mentioned about the game my DH and I played in relationship to our states. As we traveled, we would select an ornament for our Christmas Tree, our memory sealed in a decoration. Oh so can you guess our Oregon ornament? Well of course, a photo of BRENDA(Bunny) & TRACE, all encased with ribbons and bows, our "present" for our tree.
Okay, my "Bucket List" has a check, but so many more to go. I have stated in the past, I would love to meet and greet you ALL. So if you have meeting someone new on "your list" don't put it off. Cherish the time, well spent with friends, family, and YES, Brenda and Trace are "my family." Family, we hope to see again, be together again, and maybe, just maybe, meet some of our mutual SPFriends at the same time. Anyone want to start a new SPFBucket List? I'm game, are you?
Hugs, to all my SPFriends! There ain't nothing better, than getting it in person!!!!!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
When I started this journey, April 2011, I did it for myself! Yes, I did!!! We were told my mother would not "make the night" September 2010, then she was given "30 days" and as each day passed, we were just happy to walk into her room, enjoy her company, and literally watch her "Strong Portuguese Attitude, and Spirit" come alive. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but honestly, you would never know it! She never complained, laughed and joked with all that she met, and smiled....MOST of the time! I did say, she was Portuguese, and let's just say, that strength, and as she always said, "mean-streak" kept her going. "The Good Lord ain't ready for me yet, and the Devil keeps throwing me back!" Another of her lines! But, HE did call her, and was ready for her, April 23, 2011.
During the month of March 2011, I was seeing people pushed in wheel chairs, oxygen laden, and numerous obsticles to endure. I did not want my spouse, my family left with the "burden of pushing me around." My DD told me of SparkPeople much, much earlier, and I WAS THE PROBLEM. As I whined, "this is too much work, logging, tracking, exercising...whine, whine, whine!" But the visuals, kept hounding me, haunting me, of a future, or lack thereof. Something had to be done. As I have said before, I have tried EVERYTHING!!! From every crazy DIET out there, to yes, even Gastric Bypass Surgery! But I was still struggling. So I started with SP! It seemed to take me forever, I tracked, I logged, I place EVERY FOOD ITEM, as a "FAVORITE" and began! I now had "my future in my hands!" I am very proud to say, yes I have come a LONG way, and "still at it....LIFESTYLE CHANGES, I CAN LIVE WITH FOREVER!"
What keeps me going? My family, my hubby and my biggest supporter, my SPFriends, and a little devilish face, one of three, I talk about all the time. Okay, now I shared what keeps me going, what works for you?
Monday, November 11, 2013
First and foremost, I wish to THANK ALL OUR VETERANS, brave men and women, that have served this country. No matter what they DID, no matter where they served, no matter what jobs they performed, they should be THANKED for their time, effort, energy, bravery, and all the time THEY gave being away from their loved ones. WE THANK YOU!
Today, being Veterans Day, we spent time visiting our "Little Loved Ones!" Our nine year old, "Honored our Veterans" with a Memorial Service conducted by the Scouts. Standing at attention, saluting, carrying flags and wreaths. We were unable to attend that service, but are so proud of all the Scouts.
When we did arrive at their house, we played games, worked on math, spelling, and even cleaned and organized all the movies in their collection! PHEW, that was a task! Then the girls went shopping for a "DIVA OUTFIT!" Not for me, but our five year old, will be "at work, TOYS for TOTS, Christmas Vendor Fair" with another young lady selling Christmas Cookies, Candies, and Sweets. Both little girls will be dressed as "Adorable Divas" at "Their Table!"
Honestly, they are so cute, polite, and adorable, they will have no problem raking in the donations! LOL!!! We tried on outfits, mine were all picked by Aimee! Leopard, feathers, Sparkles, and Bright Colors, SIX in all! So here is at least ONE of the SPARKLES, I tried on, and yes, "our socks" really add to the FASHION-ESTA effect.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Ever wake up and feel like a TRUCK ROAD OVER you! OMGoodness, I felt like that today! I am fairly positive it is the weather playing tricks on this "slightly older" body, but we will put that thought to the side! LOL!
As I started my day off, eating one of my favorite breakfast meals, "Coffee, OJ (Crystal light orange knockoff drink) a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, with Peanut Butter, and 1/2 Banana." Yum!!!
Then my meditation/prayers, a must for me. I got to thinking about that "darn truck?!?!?!" What was I going to do? Complain? Baby my aches and pains? Crawl up and sit all day? Heck NO!!!
If I don't move, I only have one person to complain to......ME! So I called my local Y, and asked if the pool was available, on occasion it has scheduled events, so I thought it best to ask in advance; it was AVAILABLE, and I was able to use my Senior Punch Pass to boot!
This means I could use it as no additional costs, SWEET!!! I was willing to pay, but this was like "My High POWER" giving me all the green lights, no excuses, no reason NOT to take "HIM" Up on OUR Plan! So off I went, and I put every ounce of energy into my workout!
I jogged 25 minutes, I tread/swam in the deep end, 25 minutes, and added an additional 25 minutes doing water aerobics! Oh Yeah, this "ole gal" was smoking!
Okay, so the truck moved on, and I "Paved the Road" for the new "Smooth and Toned Surface!" LOL!!!! Okay, so tonight I will take an Alleve, just in case the truck has to make a detour....but the new paved road, yup it will (I hope) be LESS BUMPIER!
Thursday, November 07, 2013
DEEGIRL50, posted this question, "Fran... tell us please... how do you stay fit while on the road?
Inquiring minds want to know. "
Well, the question is asked and I thought what a great way to share some of my exercises with you. First of all, when we travel by plane, I dread carrying our laptop, and extra stuff. I bring all our clothes, shoes, RX meds, and normal stuff we need and that is it!
Before boarding, while we all are waiting, I WALK. Quick steps, even if back and forth to the restroom areas or shops. I usually "locate a spot, maybe 2-4 gates away from ours" and walk to and from, at least four times.
While on the plane, in our "confined spaces" seat buckled, knees bent, move your legs up and down, point toes, up your heels, form small circles....counting 8-10 times each.
When we check in to our hotel, although I reseach prior to reservations...Do they have an INDOOR HEATED Pool? Exercise Room? Although, I rarely use the equipment, I love the pool. Are they located near a shopping center, Mall, places I enjoy to walk? Then I USE whatever I can, when I can. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes, any time spent walking about works!
And, this is my absolute funniest....CAR DANCING! The looks I get, some times, are hysterical. I also incorporate arm, leg, exercises into the dancing moves. Music on, body moving! I use ONE SONG, per exercise, as my timer!
I keep in mind, LIFESTYLE CHANGES I CAN LIVE WITH, keep up with, do on a daily basis, maybe modify as needed, but ....repeat, "lifestyle changes I can live with!"
Okay, so I hope the "Inquiring minds want to know" can use some of these, and maybe, just maybe, come back with some of their favorite ways! I'm listening, and ready to try some of your favorite ways to work out on the road. What things do you do?
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