Wednesday, July 09, 2014
A couple of times a year, I have to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. It gives my insurance company a better understanding of what care I might need.
It starts out with :"In general what would you say your health is?"
July 2014, Very good.
July 2009, POOR
Compared o a year ago:
Much better...Slightly better...About the same...Slightly worse..much worse.?
July 2014, Slightly better
July 2009, MUCH WORSE.
Here are some common activities I might do during a normal day.
Do you need assistance in any of the following. Answer YES or NO.
1. Shopping, preparing meals..NO.
2. Cleaning home? NO
3. Showering or dressing yourself/ NO
4. Getting up or down or in, out of chair or bed? NO
5. Eating or drinking? NO.
Back in 2009, the answer would have been YES on 1 through 4. Eating came too often. I could still eat, But I was starting to choke on food. My throat was getting too fat.
I have to answer questions about my stability, My activities. Am I able to exercise? YES. Do I exercise. YES. Do I maintain a healthy weight. YES. If not am I trying to have a healthy weight. YES.
Do I smoke, NO. Quit 24 years ago.
Have diabetes, NO. In 2009, YES.
Have an annual blood sugar test. YES. It's Normal. In 2009, it was HIGH.
High Cholesterol, NO. In 2009, YES
Hypertension, high blood pressure, NO. It's 110/75 . In 2009, 150/95
In comparing my health after losing 189 lbs, it's changed my life. FOR THE BETTER. How many women are in better health and fitness at 72 than they were at 66. The truth is I'm in better shape now at 72 than i was at 55. That's saying something.
Everyday I get up in the morning, from grooming myself to walking outside, getting in my van. I feel and move like a different women from the crippled, obese one I was back in 2009.
I do want to thank all my Spark friends for the support you give me on my exercise minutes. In the way I take time, make the time to exercise in some way or fashion everyday, I am able too. Which is almost 99.9% of the year. Smile!!
There's no secret to doing it. You just have to make up your mind that it's important. Let nothing deter you from doing it. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. You feel like something is off if you haven't walked or exercised ..
I used to go to the gym five and six days a week. Sometimes twice a day. I don't do that as much anymore. I love going for walks, hikes. Sometimes by myself. If I want to make good time. Then It's Titan's time to walk , He likes to sniff and stop, smell the trees. It's more exercise for me and time for us to inter act with others, who are also walking their dogs.
Sometimes I think having a dog, is a good way to get you up and out. Just a stroll around the neighborhood is better than laying around the house.
Throughout my obese years, with numerous aches and pains, I knew every excuse NOT to exercise. Now I know that even if I do have some aches , there is something that I can do. Maybe not as vigorous , but there is no more excuses.
Have discovered that many times some exercise, moving around will reduce the stiffness and pain. I'm not saying there is never a time that I could be in so much pain, any movement would be too much. Never say Never.!!
I do have a bad back. But the doctor encourages me to exercise. Last time it went out, I was moaning around here, and thinking of just laying in bed or the couch and taking it easy. But I knew that wasn't what was called for. So took a deep breath and went through the movements, the therapist had set up for me. It hurt for a few minutes, but gradually felt better. All in all, the recovery time was shorter than when I used to let the pain rule.
I have been working on some new jewelry pieces for a Art fair later this month.
I spent a few months, not doing any designing. Just didn't feel it. Then I started to have dreams of new pieces. It's fun to have an idea and see the end results.
Later this week will post some pictures of what I have been making.
It's been a few weeks since I went thrift shopping. I really don't need anything.
Had a couple of customers who had me redo their closets, weed out unwanted, unworn clothes and find pieces that they could add to what they had.
I just got a call from one of the women asking me to get some fall/winter things.
So that's something to look forward to.
I have bought a few nice pieces for myself. More tops ,skirts, and leather beige jacket. I love leather too.
What I do love shopping for is shoes and handbags. I guess you could say I collect them.
After spending 5 to 6 yeas wearing these two ugly pair of shoes during my obese years, I wasted no time getting get back into fashion.
Here a photo of the UGLY shoes.
The following photo shows some of the latest heels and hand bags. Also a couple of belts. love belts. Never wore them when my waist was 58 in. But now at 33 in. belts look good.
These are some of my latest finds. love the high heel suede boots and snake skin blue print heels.
The four black leather NEW Men's jackets, got for $2.00 each. Very lucky day.
The item that cost the most is the red/black snakeskin D&G handbag. $12.00
Everything else was mostly $2.00 , couple of $4.00 items. The New Nike's $8.99
The baby blue bike was FREE. Am I lucky or what???? Got it from Trash area.
Well it's time for more unique designs to emerge from my creative mind. Back to work.
Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer. Even when things don't go as we like, it all evens out in the end.
Love and Peace.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
"I think the healthiest food is a humongous, homemade sandwich because it's healthy and delicious. Mostly because it's good." Grade 5.
The question ,"What do you think is the heathiest food", was asked to grade school children , Pre-K through 6th grade.
One wonders if it reflects what they eat or just think is healthy.
"I think chicken nuggets because you dip it into sweet and sour sauce." Pre-K.
"Cantaloupe" Grade 4.
"Broccoli, cabbage,veggies, fruit." Grade 3.
"Meat, it has lots of vitamins and oranges because they have vitamin C and that's good for you." Kindergarten
""Jelly beans, Every kid can last on jelly beans," Grade 3.
"Green food." Grade 3.
"I think it's broccoli." Grade 1.
" Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.
" I think the healthiest food is the one that tastes the worst. I'm not sure what it is because I haven't had all the foods there are. But I wish it was ice cream." Grade 4.
"I think the healthiest food is fatty bacon because it has protein." Grade 4.
"Pickles because they are juicy, green and healthy." Grade 4.
"Banana cake. Bananas are good and healthy." Grade 4.
"Spam and eggs. They keep my body ready for the next thing that happens in life." Grade 6.
The healthiest food is ribs." Kindergarten
"Grilled cheese sandwich." Grade 4.
"Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.
"I think the healthiest food to eat is bugs, but I would never eat them." Grade 4.
"Healthiest food is a salad." Grade 4.
"French fries and ketchup because you get two healthy vegetables in one." Grade 6.
"A salad or some Mexican food because it has many vitamins. Or a sandwich made with organic foods." Grade 5.
"Candy because I can run three miles." Grade 3.
" An apple, because an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Grade 4.
"Apples and fish." Grade 4.
"Fruit, vegetables, meat and V8." Grade 6
"Carrots are the healthiest food because they help your eyesight so you can see through walls." Grade 4.
" I think it's cucumbers with lime and salt because lime is a fruit and cucumber is a vegetable." Grade 5.
" Taco salad because it has meat, fruit and vegetables." Grade 4.
" The healthiest food to eat is everything from the food pyramid because no one food is healthy alone." Grade 6.
Some of the children mentioned strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries , rutabagas, and celery.
All in all they expressed what they felt was healthiest and most of them got it right. Even the ones who thought fatty bacon or fries and ketchup didn't have to be totally wrong,
A little bit of all food groups can be OK. Even the occasional piece of candy. The child who answered "candy" knew it gave him a boost of energy. Just didn't realize what happens when that boost wares out.
Hopefully getting the children talking and thinking about what are healthy foods will continue to motivate them into healthy choices.
Hope you enjoyed reading what's in the minds of young children,
Monday, April 14, 2014
With age comes wisdom. Or at least that's what we hear.
I have come to believe it's true in how much I spend on fashion.
Or maybe it's the fact that I can't afford to spend thousands like I once did.
I really believe it's because I have come to realize that you don't need to dress in designer clothes. Most people can't tell, after all the label is on the inside.
Unless its a designer handbag, and then it could be a fake.
Women feel the need to ware designer clothes for their own insecurities.
From my own experience, designer clothes or having more clothes than I could ware gave me a sense of being important. Of having arrived, never being looked upon as the little girl in the hand made dress.
What we carry with us from childhood to our adult life can shape how we feel and live our lives.
We know that from many of us struggling with being over weight.
Obesity that we started out with, or that we developed . Usually brought on by feeling of loneliness or depression. A feeling of not being worthy.
I don't want to knock our families, but many of us carry baggage that started with someone or some event from our formative years.
So now you want to know where am I going with this?
My life in a nut shell.
Country girl, not much money, poor. But did have all the elements I needed to achieve.
Broken home, raised by Grandparents.
Smart but naive. Felt my back ground , where I lived wasn't as good as the rich city girls..
Worked hard to over come. Got top grades, always trying to be the best. Wanting to be the one that fitted in.
Cheer leading, modeling, still didn't fill the void.
In a miss guided way thought material wealth would be the answer.
After two failed marriages, knew all the material wealth would not give me the inner peace and confidence I desired.
I had to find my own way. Couldn't rely on someone else or some article of expensive clothing to give me happiness.
Ditched the corporate job , expensive clothes.
Started my own business. Moved to a relaxed , laid back beach lifestyle. Found I was comfortable in shorts, flats, jeans and t shirts.
Maybe I was just a country girl at heart.
I still enjoyed fashion, but it wasn't as important. Gradually I came to enjoy the fact that I didn't have to dress to impress. When the occasion arose, I knew I could pull it together.
My daughter and I found the outlet stores. Some of the consignment shops. looking for pieces that could enhance our wardrobe.
The fact that I could find a $300.00 dress for under $100.00 was thrilling..
Of course today for me to spend #100.00 for one item would be outrageous.
But back then I had handbags that cost over #1,500.00. I probably had a small house sitting on the selves of my closet.
Jump ahead to early 2000, weight was piling on like long lost relatives after you win the lottery.
I had no interest in clothes. While wearing 1X all the way to 5X, I dressed just to be covered. It might has well have been a blanket. fashion was the last thing on my mind.
That changed in 2010. I embarked on a weight loss journey.
By the fall I had to buy smaller sized clothes. These were to be transition clothes, until I reached my goal weight. I then planned a huge shopping trip.
I went to the Goodwill, found some lovely clothes. As I continued to lose, I would need a smaller size. I would return the ones I no longer needed.
I started to wonder why I would want to spend department store prices for clothes when I could dress in the fantastic items I was finding?
In some of my earlier blogs I have pictured some pieces, believe
me they are very nice. Some items I find, still have new tags on the,. By buying most of my major pieces at thrift stores, I am able to shop Victoria Secret and a few other places to buy something the thrift store doesn't have.
In early February this year, I started to think Spring fashion. as much as I love the fall season, I had had enough boots, sweaters, bundled up in coats, hats, scarves. I wanted bright colors, light fabric's. New styles.
I started to look through my fashion magazines, check the designers for what te Spring/Summer colors and looks were trending.
Here's what I read:
The top 10 fashion trends,
1. Pretty in Pink. Number one color for Spring 2014 is pink., blush, radiant orchid , all shades of pink, but no neon pink. Unless you are a small child, or it's a stripe on your athletic shoe.
Seems there is a shade of pink flattering for everyone. Whatever the age, skin tone, hair color, when in doubt go pink.
But there is also orange, pale blue, green even yellow, the usual pastel colors.
2. Everything coming up floral; The flower trend is everywhere. dresses , shoes, tops, pants.
3. Mix patterns. just stay in the same color range.
4. Mules rule. Open toed mules freshen up a summer look. Gladiator sandal's, canvas espadrilles, any wrap ankle or buckle shoe, hot.
5. Go sideways. Horizontal stripes are hotter than ever.
6. Sparkle, shine. Metallic are major. mixing metals , like gold,silver, very in.
7.Fringe, used on purses. Some trim on clothes, but don't over do.
8. Black and white . Never gets old. spice it up with bold accessories. Zebra is hot.
9. Animal prints, still trending. but more subtle. one piece, blouse, pants, shoes. not an entire outfit.
10. Maxi skirts, dress. Angle hemmed, or straight. Not too full, no broomstick skirts.
I did an inventory of what I had for Spring/Summer 2014, quite a lot. But tired of some pieces, so donated back to Value Village.
Here are some fashion trends :
The maxi skits. Black white tops. Pink clutch bag, cost $695.00 Blush pink heels, cost $165.00 .Orange pants, yellow,pink,orange sheer top. carves, hats, bags, in Spring pastel colors, of blush, pink. green. blue.
Here are some of my thrift fashion buys.
Pink Orchid leather jacket. Cost was $359.00, I paid $15.00.
Pink bag, $.99, blush wedges, $2.00. hot pink sandal's, $2.00. pink shoes, $3.49
Jewelry , Designs by Tisha.
Pink leather vest, $3.99
Pink floral dress, $5.99
Dark pink top.,$2.00 worn with skirt I already had bought 2 years ago for $3.99
maxi blk/wh skirt, has polka dot edge at bottom, found a polka dot top to ware.
Skirt $3.49, top $2.00. Of course can ware a multitude of tops with skirt.
Skirt with a print top. Mixing prints, stay in same color's.
A group of black and white items . Bag was new, original cost over $100.00, I got it for $2.00. Shoes anywhere from $2.00 to $4.99. My jewelry.
Mules, 2.00, orange, #5.99, Kenneth Cole metallic wedges, $2.00. Chinese laundry brown heels, $2.00, red Guess heels, $2.00, bright red wedges, $2.00.
I posted the red high heels and bag before but here a better photo
Black with blue/green floral is lovely at $4.99. Paired it with a white Dress Barn jacket, $3.99. To change it up paired it with a black jacket I had.
The black white zebra print top.
Orange denim skinny jeans, brand new, $3.99, tee, $1.99, jean jacket had cost me $ 4.99
lands End swimsuit, still had tag, really nice, $5.99
Sketchers, shape ups, Fantastic to walk in. $4.49
Animal print tops, anywhere from $2.00 to $4.49. Green clutch, $2.00.
White heels, $2.00.
Gorgeous sheer coverup. $2.00. Can also be worn over a tank with jeans, to go out. Make great resort wear.
And last but not least the beautiful red Jones of New York leather jacket that had a tag of $399.00. I got it for $15.99.
It's nice to have a good choice of clothes to choose from. Nice to separate the seasons so when you do want an item it's easy to find.
You can dress in the best of clothes but you have to feel comfortable in what you ware. .
Find a style, build on it. Keep items in good condition.
Nothing looks worst than ripped seams, pins holding something together.
Keep all your accessories in good shape. no run down heels, scuffed toes.
Don't have to match handbags with shoes, so get adventurous.
Clothes don't make the person but how you present yourself says it all.
I am wearing the maxi skirt tonight to a ladies night out dinner at Outback.
The floral dress will wear on Easter. If cool. black jacket. Warm day , white.
I hope you all have as much fun as i do shopping and experimenting with fashion.
Most of all my fantastic thrifty buys are found at Value Village. They have a colored 50% off tag every week. on Thursday the color of tag changes. Any items that was 50% off and still not sold can be bought for $2.00. On every Wednesday there is 40% seniors discount. Sometime it pays to be 72. Smile!!
Peace and Love.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Ever so often the A to Z blogs are posted .. I always like to read them,for it gives me more insight to the member.
After reading Tina's a few days ago I though I'd see just what the letters meant to me.
A, Apples (have to be cold, crisp, sweet, juicy)
B. Beaches. ( Hot, sunny or cool, windy, both have charm.)
C. Clothes. (No brainier, I am a clothes horse.)
D. Dogs. ( Have had a dog or multi dogs most of my life.)
E. Exercise. (Maybe wasn't always as important as it is now.)
F. Food. ( Have a Love- Hate relationship with food.)
G. Grapes. ( Prefer Black, red second choice. Snack on them daily.)
H. High Heels. Love Red, but have all colors , never want to give up)
I. Italy. Love the country, people, foods, ancestral country.)
J. Jewelry. (Real or Faux, love the Bling.)
K. Knit. ( Yes, I knit, scarves,hats, sweaters.,NO socks.)
L. Leticia. ( That's my first name.)
M. Movies ( Mystery, suspense, action,some comedy.)
N. No. ( Having to learn to say NO).
O. Overachiever. ( I like to do well. Like to win. )
P. Pilates. ( I do 15 to 30 minutes of Pilates every day. Sometimes add Yoga.).
Q. Quietness . ( Have to have some quite time daily, usually I meditate.)
R. Read. ( I am a prolific reader. Prefer books to e-readers.)
S. Spark. ( I credit Spark with being a lifeline to my weight loss success..)
T. Time. ( Managing my time and accepting there is only so much.)
U. Ugg's. ( My favorite warm, lined boots.)
V. Volunteer. ( I volunteer my time for causes I believe in.)
W. Walking. ( So grateful to have my knees replaced so I can continue walking.)
X. X-Factor. ( A Talent TV Show, first seen in England).
Y. Yorkshire Dogs. ( I have a Yorkie, Titan, love of my life.)
Z. Zumba. ( It was a happy day when i was able to be in a Zumba class.)
There, that's the alphabet, A to Z.
There are some letters that could have had more than one answer,but the ones
I listed mean the most to me. .
I posted a blog last week about my love of Bling. I want to Thank all the Friends and Members who commented. I am going to try and get back to all of you.
I'm going to spend some of that precious time I value to color my hair and finish my daily workouts.
Looks like the sun is trying to break through the clouds. That means Titan and i can get out for our walk.
Have a great week. Be strong, stay positive.
Peace and Love .
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Bling , Bling
1. expensive and flashy jewelry, clothing, or other possessions.
2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated.
Verb: (used without object)
4. to flaunt one's material wealth; live in a flashy lifestyle.
verb (used with object)
5. to dress or adorn in a flashy way; Bling up your wardrobe!
Word Origin and History.
Bling also Bling Bling. by 1997, US rap slang, "wealth, expensive accessories, glitter of jewels and other precious metals.
In German: blinken, to gleam, sparkle.
Now that I have explained what bling-bling is let me tell you I love me some bling.
I didn't start out as a little girl, wanting things that glimmered or sparkled.
I grew up in a different era. But once I was in my teens I loved to gaze at the pretty sparkly jewelry at the 5 & 10 store. Do any of you remember Woolworth's?
I spent many dollars of my babysitting money buying that cheap jewelry. It always turned my skin green, and the stones would fall out after a few months. But for a short time that sparkly bracelet or ring were like diamonds to me.
As far as real good jewelry I had a gold cross. What Catholic girl didn't have a cross? I also had a gold locket.
My first engagement ring was a diamond. You had to have a magnify glass to see it, but it was real.
By the time I got my second engagement ring, you couldn't miss it. It was three karats set in platinum with baguettes on the side. That was some bling-bling.
Over the years I added to my bling.
I loved it all. It could be real or faux, or costume , i couldn't have enough.
Then the fabulous 80's came. And sparkle, shine, stones, studs were showing up on clothes. Oh, happy days. What fun.
And to top it off, you could create your own look by the amazing "Bedazzle".
Oh, did I go crazy. I started designing tops, jackets, jeans. Some of the pieces got noticed, before I knew it I was selling at Miami Beach stores. There wasn't anything that couldn't be blinged up. Belts, hats, purses.
By the time the early 90's rolled around it started to die out. Along with shoulder pads and big hair, it was over.
The next couple of decades was not as flashy or flamboyant.
Bling was limited to mostly jewelry.
But by 2013 the studs, crystals on clothing and accessories started to show up on the runways. Designers were bring them back in a more refined way.
For many of the clothing styles, they didn't suit my present fashion style.
I wasn't living in Miami Beach, I wasn't hitting te clubs at night, I wasn't the same person. Many of the hot trendy style don't fit into my present lifestyle.
But I am still attracted to bling. And a dew weeks ago, my eyes lit up when I saw
a glittering red handbag hanging on a rack.
It was like the commercial, I walked up and said"Hello beautiful". I didn't have to ask my insurance agent how much I saved to see if could afford it, for it was at my favorite thrift store. Priced $19.99.
I looked it over , it was perfect. A gorgeous woven red leather with crystal studs on one side, chain on the leather handle. lined in small leopard print. I fell in love, . It was a statement bag. An attention grabber. It was just the bag I would buy, should buy, but I walked away. I didn't buy it.
I came home, thinking about the bag. In a few days there was a 50% off day to shop, I wondered would it still be there. . I am so cheap. Why can't I spend $19.99. I had a $3.00 off coupon. It would only cost $16,99. It was something I wanted, I always save so much, I can afford to spend more. I spent the night thinking about the bag.
I decided to look the designer up to see if I could find out anything about it..
I found the web site, Luxcessories, and low and behold the bag is listed. And it sells for $70.00.
I'm not sure that helped make up my mind to get it, but it probably did. knowing it was a present style and still available.
I went back to the store the next morning. My eyes went directly to the handbag rack, it was still there. I walked straight over, took it off the hanger and not looking at anything else, paid for my "new" bag. Told the clerk about my indecisiveness, glad I was still there.. . She told me she had her eye on it but they can't buy merchandise until it has been on the floor for a couple of days. Otherwise she would have bought it. So here's a picture of the bling bling bag. A description from the web site and a close up photo of the crystal side taken from my scanner.
After I got home with my bag I saw it matched my new Guess red high heels. I had bought them the day before. I love shoes, and have a thing for red. I put them in my scanner and attempted to take a photo, you can see they are very high heel, 4 1/2 inches. But I ware them very well. The nice thing about the heels they only cost me $2.00. Also bought a pair of Chinese Laundry black heels and a pair of Unlisted gunmetal gray wedge strap shoes, both $2.00 each.
Picked up a nice Dress Barn red blazer. plan to ware it on valentine's Day.
Still having problems getting my photo from printer/scanner to computer. So can't show you my latest buys, maybe soon.
It's about that time of day I would open a diet Coke and sit back and enjoy. But I am weaning myself off the habit so will have a cup of soothing tea instead.
I am making some other changes in my eating habits. Trying to be more aware of what, and the correct amount of what I consume. It's too easy to think one more of something won't matter or if it does, I can exercise it off. I want to stop the up and down on the scales. even though it's not too much, I want to stay at a steady weight.
I have told my friend NO candy for Valentines Day. I'm sweet enough. Smile!
Take care Spark friends.
You are the one in control, you make the choices, make good ones.
Peace, and Love,
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