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Nanagarden started today

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I helped raise my daughter's kids, whom I call my "babies." Ages 16, 15, and 12 they are just about done needing a hands on Nana. More likely to need an ear for listening or a ride somewhere. I still stay very involved in their activities; sports, band, academic competitions, extra curriculars, etc. They just don't need me any more the way they did when they were small. That's okay with me, I'm loving this phase of our lives together also.

Today I started helping my son and daughter in law with their first, a precious baby girl, her name is Abby. Mommy went back to work this morning after 3 months off and Abby came to Nana's house for her first day of Nanagarden (pre-kindergarden). After a decade out of business, I was a little nervous about how I would hold up to the rigors of baby care. Turned out she was a piece of cake! I had a blast! She catnaps in the morning and late afternoon and takes a long 2 hour nap after lunch. I did remember to close my eyes during the long nap and snooze for a while. It was a great day, nice to be needed, something I miss the most about being disabled.

Can't wait for my next day with Abby, Tuesdays and Thursdays for me and then Mondays and Wednesdays for the other grandma. I hope her picture worked!

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GRAYLADY13 10/3/2013 12:48AM

    Wow! So excited for you and proud too! Good going!

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JESSIG5 10/2/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon So cute!

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ARNETTELEE 10/1/2013 11:50PM

  What a cutie! Nanagarden is great!

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GINAC0 10/1/2013 11:50PM

    What a cutie!

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Back to Reality Time!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I've been off spark people for an entire week, went on a glorious sisters vacation to a resort in Maine. Before I went, I'd planned on tracking thru out the vacation since it was a spa resort with good food and lots of exercise time.
That plan probably would have worked if it had just been me and my husband! But throw in 4 sisters with their own wishlists and there is no time to breathe, let alone track on spark people! This is my blog so that's what I'm sticking with!
I ate 3 things in Maine...seafood, blueberries, and desserts! I went swimming, biking, did chair yoga, walked what seemed like miles, did "sit down paddleboarding" (an adaptation for my disability) on the Atlantic Ocean, and relaxed.
I gained 2 pounds and every ounce of it was worth it to me! Now back to the real world, get busy working on my health.

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DEERLADY45 9/22/2013 8:26AM

    Two # is no biggy if ya had a good time and most important you are back to reality ! Im just getting back to reality also... Ive had a bad week and need to get with it!
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KNYAGENYA 9/19/2013 1:54PM

    Sounds wonderful. Good for you for taking some time to take care of you.

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CAROLIAN 9/19/2013 12:52PM

    Glad you had a good holiday that is the problem when there are a few together you don't always get to do what you want to do You did very well emoticon

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I slept thru Friday!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Well, I didn't make it to the pool today emoticon I kinda slept thru the whole day, only waking up long enough to change out the ice packs on my jaw. So I haven't done well with my exercise but let's try to be positive here. It's really hard to eat too much when you're snoring! What I have eaten hasn't been really low carb but I still managed to lose a pound in the last two days so I guess some how this is working out.
I think by tomorrow I should be able to be up and around for more of the day. I often forget that just having a systemic neurological disease is enough to wear out my body. Whenever I throw any other medical issue into the mix it seems to knock me flat on my butt. After having RSD for almost 20 years you would think I should know by now how rough things are going to be. But not me, the eternal optimist. Nite Nite.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/6/2013 10:23PM

    Take care of yourself and don't worry that you slept the day away because your body knew that you needed it.

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Feeling Frustrated!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

So I've finally had my exercise restrictions lifted as far as going in the swimming pool goes. All of the allergies are sorted out and I just have to be very careful with the chlorine and shower quickly after swimming. So I'm all geared up to get back to 700 to 900 points per day for exercising.....
So today I had an endocrinologist perform surgery on a failed root canal that had become abscessed. My restrictions from him are no talking, no moving, no eating solid food, rest for a few days. So there went my excitement about getting back into the pool!
Sometimes I feel like all I've done this year is have surgery. And then recover and start over again. Someone once said that getting older isn't for sissies. I'm not old enough to qualify for that statement yet. Am I? Huh? What do you think? Am I old or just neurotic?
My butt will be in that pool on Friday even if I have to leave my mouth at home!

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CAROLIAN 9/5/2013 1:26PM

    emoticon You will get sorted and back to swimming soon. Hopefully this will be the hurdle you have for a long while carol emoticon xxx

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DELLA81156 9/5/2013 11:47AM

    My life was like that when I was forty,came down with stage 4 cancer,I was operated on so much. I got bad news too doctor wants me off my ankle, so there goes my tracking steps from 6000 down to 2000. Well all I can do is look straightforward and do what I can.Gives me time to work on food intake.Hope things get better for us all.. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/4/2013 11:18PM

    emoticon Sometimes things seem to go that way. I remember about 15 years ago, I had so many things going on and had 6 surgeries in that one year! It was crazy. Thankfully I've had no problems at all since then :-) I hope the same for you. I hope you do make it to the pool Friday!

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Turned the corner

Thursday, August 08, 2013

It was nice getting on the scale today and seeing that I was almost back to my starting point. I've gained about 5 pounds in the past month because I had to change my diet per dr. orders. Gaining 5 pounds was worth it to me to verify that the lab reports showing advanced kidney disease (and low potassium) were just an anomaly and did not portend my future.
I am now back to concentrating on eating a balanced diet but avoiding carbs that are just sugar. No pasta, bread, melons, potatoes, rice, yogurt, etc. If it's a carb it had better have a lot of fiber in it and a lot of nutrients especially potassium. Fruits are treats not daily foods. There are essential amino acids and essential fats but no essential carbohydrates.
I will keep eating my salad for lunch or dinner, it's got 6 or 7 servings of vegetables plus a protein serving. Keep up the breakfast shake and potassium supplement in the morning and HYDRATE!!!
I am lowering my weight loss goal to 8 pounds per month from 10 pounds. I think 2 lbs per week is still spectacular for someone with my metabolism issues but with help from my doctor and the Qysimia and thyroid meds I should be able to do it. Continue trying to get in 450 minutes of exercise per week. emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 9/7/2013 9:13PM

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