When I started with SparkPeople one of the problems I was having was sleeping for more than one hour without awakening. I would awake to turn over or have to get up to use the bathroom during the night. Now I am drinking more water through but the last few nights I have been sleeping for six hours! I know it should be eight but I am pleased to get six at this time. I do not wake up to turn over during the night, nor are my arms going to sleep on me.
No, my weight is not where I want it to be yet but I am healthier.
Thank you SparkPeople for helping me get a healthier life!
Thanksgiving day one of the little boys of our extended the family got into the freezer and got out a bag with a fish and octopus that had been caught not long ago. Several of the children play with it over the afternoon.
In the evening my grandson went over and watch for awhile finally touched the octopus and finally picked it up!
When his mom saw what he was doing she was shocked but just watched. Within minutes she grabbed her camera and went over to take pictures.
I followed a few minutes later and took these and some other pictures. He would pick up the octopus drop it and try again. Sometimes it was possible to see what he had. He got wetter and wetter but was really enjoying himself. I was very pleased that his mom allowed him to handle the octopus and even took pictures of it happening.
Finally my son took him over to wash him off with a hose but instead was invited to take him in for a shower and change. The hose would have been cold and the shower warm.
Yesterday with everything else going on I celebrated my third year with SP! I have made progress in getting healthy.
I will let these pictures show what has happened. The first picture was take in Manila in March '2007 before I was introduced to SP.
The next picture was taken with my grandson and shows how big my arm was. The picture was taken within days of my joining SP with his birth about a month before making me realize that if I wanted to be around when he became an adult I had to do something to get healthy.
The next picture shows me at my slimmest in December 2009.
This next ones were last summer in Washington state at a get together with some other SparkFriends. The first one shows me in some new clothes.
And this last one shows three of us including my cousin who introduced me to SP. The person missing is her husband who is also a SP member.
Yes, I have lost and gained weight but most important is I am stronger, more agile and feel better that I did when I went to Manila in 2007.
Thank you SP and all the friends I have made here for your support!
I realized this morning that one of the exercises I had to modify before I can do! I have had trouble with my lower back and hips and found stretching them helps. When I started doing the Lying Single Knee Hug I had to raise the knee of the leg I was not hugging and put my foot on the bed as I do not get on the floor. I could then start bending the knee I wanted to hug but had to grasp it with my hands to finish pulling it up into the hug. I could then lower the other leg and continue the hug. I then did the same thing with the other leg.
Today I was able to lay prone, lift and pull my knee back most of the way before grasping it for the hug! I realize my legs and core muscles are much stronger now than a year ago.
In mid June I took my grand girls on the Talofofo River Cruise. This is a popular tourist excursion and one I wanted my family to enjoy. I got to take all five because the eldest girl drives and wanted to go so we did!
The river may be small by stateside standards but a lot of water flows out to the ocean from this and the Ugum River. During the cruise i found out that Talofofo Falls is actually on the Ugum River not the Talofofo! i have lived out here for 45+ years, taken History of Guam and did not know that before!
We started up the river on a flat bed boat with just my family and another local family that i know. We did not realize we were going to be together. It was a nice quiet cruise. Below is my grands and some of the other family.
We travel up through the tropical forest...
And the savannah's...
The boat took us up one river as far as possible, turned around then went up the other and then turned back and docked at the ancient Chamorro village of Talofofo. The present village is located up in the hills near by. This site has some Latte Stones that were used as the foundation for homes before. Below is a picture of my grands and I standing in front of one of the stones. Six Lattes are lined up two abreast. These are two stones placed on top of each other with the top one as a cap. This would keep rodents and other unwanted critters out of the homes.
We did get some walking in as we visited the caves the ancient Chamorro's used when there were tropical storms and typhoons. One of the caves has a shelf that stands about four feet from the floor. Our guide told us that Yokoi, the last Japanese to hide out in the jungles of Guam used this as a sleeping platform when he was down in this area. It is a little wider than a single cot!
We were given palm frond head bands and the girls found out that Grandma could do a little weaving. They were quite suprised.
If you live on Guam this is a great trip to take and if you ever visit this beautiful island you would really enjoy the trip.