BAMEIBOO's SparkPeople Blog BAMEIBOO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sick of being sick I've actually had an upper respitory crud every month since October. What the heck is going on? When I was younger I got flu and colds all the time. Of course I was in school,working and around little kids. Now I stay at home. I just got a van in October but still only drive a couple times a month on my own. Usually Brian,I and the dogs pile in and one of use goes in the store and the other walks the dogs around the parking lot. Anytime I put shoes on they go nutty. Two of the dogs never li... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:15:12 EST Miracles do exist? My Honey bear was given the awful diagnoisis of pancreatic cancer by two vets. The time ahead would be grim. Or would it? We spent two weeks giving her subdermal fluid and pain meds. We coaxed her appetite back with chicken legs and rump roast. Now that is her daily diet. As she has gotten more active,bright eyed, growling at her brother, gaining weight, she is 75% of her old self. I thought that since cancer cells thrive on sugar we would stop all carbs. Now that it is five weeks since the g... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:11:52 EST Please pray for Honey My beautiful Honey became very ill last Friday. Two vets are saying most likely pancreatic cancer. Her lab work was off the charts and her age of 14 are the factors they are basing that on. I'm not getting an ultrasound to verify the cancer. At best she has severe pancreatitis and a liver issue. It's been a week of subcutaneous fluid given twice a day at home, pain meds and getting her to eat agin. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She feels good... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:51:12 EST Food of the last couple weeks Juices <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dinners <BR> We split this meal of ribeye,asparagus and twice baked taters <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Chicken sausage with veg and brown rice <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:20:22 EST September already! Made the last visit to Mom's house here in Fl. Next week the movers come and then we are driving to VA to meet them at here new apartment. I feel sad that she is moving but also that I <BR> won't see the nice friends and my aunt again. But those 55 and over communities have so much drama, like a bunch of teenagers. She moving into another similar community hopefully she will enjoy it. <BR> Me and Mom <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Brian and I... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:55:51 EST summer update Summers is winding down. Well actually in Florida summer will be here for a couple more months. I've spent most summer attaining a tan, something I'd never focused on. Just wanted the jiggly fat to look better:-) I got an unexpected benefit, I crave the sun light and fresh air. When I went to CA I had to get in the sun each day! I feel bereft if I don't get that time. Also the a/c is set to a warmer temp since I'm more acclimated to the outdoors. <BR> It has been a trying time for the family... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:18:51 EST Laying my dear father in law to rest I didn't take pictures of any of the service to respect privacy but here are pictures of the surroundings. <BR> When Brian and his sisters set his ashes free in the ocean along with beautiful flowers they floated towards a naval ship that was in the ocean too. Couldn't have been more fitting for the WWII Navy vet shot down in at Pearl Harbor. <BR> Marina del Ray Ca was the location. A beautiful yacht was the transport. <BR> <img src=""> ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:31:55 EST the most beautiful face ever! I'm totally smitten with this greatgrand baby! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:56:43 EST Zuma beach! Took the youngest grandkids Jody and Hannah to Zuma Beach! It was a late start since we didn't get in until 3:30am from last nights visit. It was overcast and in the 70's not what I expected in August! <BR> No worries, it was the kids first time in the ocean! Shocking since they are the ones living here! Granted it took many freeways and 1 1/2 hrs to get there. The beach wasn't crowded so we had lots of room to play. <BR> Jody couldn't wait to test out the pacific ocean! <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:51:42 EST Having a blast with the grandkids! This is a wonderful time with the grandkids and great grandson! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful Hannah with me and grandpa:-) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Uncle Jody with little Raymond, Stepson David <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me and Raymond, what a love! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:29:41 EST Sharpei Love My sweet Bugsy boy ran out while I was putting watermelon rinds out for the hens. <BR> This watermelon had lots of meat left on it since it was pale and bland. <BR> Next thing I know Bugsy is munching away on the watermelon! I helped him out buy breaking off chunks of it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I put rinds out atleast once a week and he's never touched it before! Maybe he was thirsty, it was right after his dinner. <BR> <img src="http:/... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:26:36 EST Quick dinner, better than take out I haven't been cooking up a storm but here is one of my fav meals. I never use to buy chicken nuggets but was in a food program called Angel Food and they were in our food box. I found a recipe on taste of home website and love it! I hadn't made it in a couple years since eating gluten free. My Aldi grocery store had gf nuggets and I knew just what would be for dinner Sweet-sour chicken nuggets. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Basically you sautee... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:17:36 EST Birthday Boy Grandson Adams 5 th birthday. We took him and his big brother out to eat and to the movies, giving 9 month pregnant momma a break. <BR> Applebees for dinner. Boys got kids steak. I had a great nappa chicken that was all gluten free. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I brought pirate stickers for the boys to keep busy until food arrived. The staff was great and brought the foo... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:55:51 EST butterflies! A friend told me all about the fuzzy little critters crawling all over the parsley in our garden. I made a habitat for them and have been waiting for the metamorphosis to happen! <BR> Here's what they looked like a couple weeks ago crawling on stalks of parsley <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had to add some design to their home:-) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:50:43 EST My first trip to the beach in over ten years! Shocking but I live 15 minutes from the beach but haven't been in years. I felt so ashamed of myself I didn't dare own a swimsuit for years. Our patio pool is the biggest game changer in me. I spend time daily outside getting fresh air,exercise and sunshine. Thanks to sparkers telling me to enjoy life and go to the beach and a couple folks from dailymile too, I got the courage to do it! <BR> I was also hoping to bring some fun to my hubby who is mourning the loss of his beloved dad, one week ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:42:17 EST swimsuits Well here are my latest swimsuits. I'm not sure why I'm crazy enough to post these pictures! <BR> With the skirted styles I feel ok wearing it in the yard and most of the day. Kinda pushing my comfort level showing arms, legs. Hoping this will make me mindful of what I eat and exercising. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This other two piece suit isn't my favorite and I plan to use it with the skirted bottom. I'm not tall so the top completely cove... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:15:04 EST birthday and more Well I've enter my 47 th year! I'm hoping this will be my healthiest,fittest happiest year yet! <BR> My hubby got me a lounge chair, two new bird feeders, Lancome perfume and the goody bag they give away,three bath and body works body sprays and five pairs of victorias secret undies. Those undies are way too minimal so we will be going back to see if they have something other than bikinis. Bless his heart I never have worn bikinis, those are for skinny chics:-) how lucky am I he thi ks I cou... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:47:39 EST super fun 4th I was a bit nervous about playing hostess to a family of four that I didn't know but had been hubby's friends for over 30 years. I planned bbq pork chops,cinnamon apples,deviled eggs,garlic mashed potatoes,agave mint lemon syrup over fruit ,green beans and bbq beans. It was easy to prepare with two crockpots going. <BR> I had such a great time, they were so nice and cheerful. Their 16 yr old son and 7 yr old daughter were great fun. He was a super big brother and played with here in the pool ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:20:51 EST better days Well I went shopping for a bathing suit to go with our new pool. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> U can see the first pool in the yard. I really liked it but it kept deflating. <BR> I want to be able to play with the grandkids in the pool, so my undies won't cut it! <BR> Went to Ross and they didn't have anything between a 12-22. I was so unsure as what size I would need. Years ago I bought a size or two up. So when I was an 8 or 9 I bought and 1... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:40:13 EST my downfall Ugh good intentions. I have them, we all do. It what I have been doing with them-very little. <BR> When holidays, parties over take me my diet and exercise disappear. I have been craving and addicted to fun size baby ruth candy bars. I have only been doing my favorite workout twice a week.I haven't been juicing more than once a week! I'm getting very upset but can't turn it around and hubby isn't helping, as he isn't making time for juice in the morning and bringing me fun size snickers. Plus... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:06:09 EST wrist pain I've been waking with wrist pain and swollen fingers to some degree for a month or so. I didn't think much of it as my feet hurt every morning and have for years. Then yesterday the wrist pain was bad and you could see how swollen it is. Looks like a cotton ball is stuffed under the skin on the left side of my left hand. I'm in such a crafting mode this summer it was impossible to sit and do nothing! So I limited movements and didn't pick up anything heavy or breakable. By 8:30pm I couldn't s... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:47:32 EST Pool party pirates Now we make our way to the new pool on the patio. Water balloons,growing lizards, splash toys! It is so much fun, we old folks played in it last night! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:50:05 EST Taking the pirates inside Party moves indoors. Cardboard pirate ship, pirate store, pirate cave, presents and cupcakes and snacks! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:43:20 EST Pirate Madness! part 1 Here's what's kept me so busy! Planning my 6yr old grandson's birthday party. This time we invited 2 people by mouth and 4 by invitation. Only 1 couple showed. None of the people with kids even rsvped. I just don't understand what's going on. Thank goodness for the friends that came, they spent time playing with the boys. Rachel is having contraction and feeling bad so the party ended sooner than expected. My back is spasming so bad I think it's sympathy contractions! The boys loved digging f... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:33:18 EST Best party decor ever:-) Well here is what took every hour of everyday for the last three weeks. <BR> The baby shower was yesterday. I was ready for seventeen people that rsvped. TWO guest showed up! Hundreds of dollars for two people. I can't imagine how she felt. Not even the girls she's danced with for her whole life came. But everything looked great. That decore is staying for quite awhile to get my moneys worth. We have 4 more birthday this summer so party on! <BR> <img src=" Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:03:44 EST My week in pictures In between making paper flowers, covering anything with duct tape and gems I've gotten in my workouts and made a few dinners. Here's my week in pictures:-) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are the paper flowers in the main color scheme for the baby shower <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are the accent colors <BR> <img src=""knick knacks... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:06:51 EST Grandson pre K Grad Don't know how long kids have been graduating from preschool but my two youngest have. <BR> Here's the latest Adam! I wasn't there as I had my day two migraine that evening. But I got to see the cute photos! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Big brother Jacob say it's no big thing! <BR> <img src="http:/... Wed, 22 May 2013 14:18:42 EST when life gives you lemons...or a husband too busy to help around the house The good thing about my husband, his work ethic. The bad thing about my husband, his work ethic. Customers come first,work comes first always. So what suffers is the house. He has grand plans like oh I'm welding the lawn mover this week or I can put shelves in there for you. Or the bigger picture the 65 mustang that needed a head gasket 7 years ago, the pond he started digging in the front yard 9 years ago. Get the picture? <BR> So he started trimming the trees that were starting to take over... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:00:59 EST Hubby fixes amazing dinner and one I made:-) Trip to Sam's means a bag of crab legs:-) Nothing better yum and full of the zinc I'm so low in! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> With a migraine I managed to put a chicken enchilada casserole in the Ninja! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Layer 3 tortillas a can of corn and fresh cilantro <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:41:39 EST Migraine derailed the day! I had a headache that wouldn't quit yesterday. Even migraine med's didn't relieve it, but sleep did as it's gone today. I was making this weeks menu when it hit so that came to a big old halt! I did find something to make for that night though and managed to get it done. <BR> I don't usually get migraines but mom gave me some med's a while back when I was having them. It came out of the blue. Sure hope it is gone as today is busy with redoing the laundry room. I'm waiting for ups to deliver ... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:40:30 EST Ninja Madness Here are meals cooked in the Ninja 3 in 1 cooker! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was the first night I brought it home. 30 minutes later spaghetti in one dish,no collader needed! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Reheating leftovers <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Red velvet cake gluten free too, steam bakes using 1/3 the fat <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 18 May 2013 02:24:40 EST My Babies:-) My little loves snoozing this evening <BR> <img src=""> <BR> As I snapped this shot I thought Maddie wouldn't like Bugsy being so close... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And I was right she moved up a bit! Honey is on the couch. This is the dogs favorite spot! One gets down another gets up, all day long:-) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My mush... Fri, 17 May 2013 23:56:21 EST easy quick lowfat! Ninja how I love thee! Please look into getting one of these gems! Ninja 3 in one cooker sautee,slow cook,steam bake, possibilities are endless! <BR> Tonight's players frozen salmon,risotto from a box,fresh asparagus,olive garden dressing <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Turn Ninja to stove top function to sautee risotto <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Add water and risotto seasoning <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:05:58 EST Feeling better, finally and Ninja to the rescue! A week and a half of stomach virus is quite enough! <BR> It is getting very warm and this may be the last day for the house to be open! I love the breeze and the sounds of nature and cars,even! It reminds me there are people out there even if I'm stuck in the house most days without a car! <BR> I exercised three days this week and am very happy I didn't quit totally like I feared. <BR> So after a week of eating toast,applesauce and instant mashed taters I ate a semi meal last night. Hubby is ... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:03:29 EST Microwave Meatloaf Here's one of hubby two meals he cooks! He learned this at a customers house while she was cooking and he was fixing her alarm. It's gluten free too! <BR> Hamburger, chopped onions and cooked rice. This was a small loaf, actually he made a ring:-) This one cooked 7 minutes then he put the sweet tomato glaze on and cooked 5 more. A big one cooks 10min and 7-10 more. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 14 May 2013 12:44:41 EST Don't want to fall off again! After having a stomach virus last week I felt all better by Saturday. Taking it easy on the food intact keeping it mild. Made gluten free pancake Mac muffins Sunday morning, then when to Big Lots for a few things for the grandkids to give their mom since their dad is out of town still. Came home and was hungry so hubby made a fresh juice while I gathered the gifts and craft supplies for the grandkids. The drink was refreshing. But within 20 minutes I knew something was wrong. Here come those ... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:44:54 EST If you love lemons! or Chocolate or vanilla! I gave this basic recipe before but this time I've made it lemony:-) <BR> Here's the basic recipe <BR> <BR> 7 minute Pudding <BR> 1/3 cup sugar-I use half this amount with a stevia blend <BR> 2Tbsp cornstarch <BR> 2c milk-I use plain almond milk and you can't tell the difference from cow milk <BR> 2egg yolk <BR> 2Tbsp butter-this time I cut back to 1 1/2 Tbsp <BR> 1tsp vanilla <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Whisk sugar and cornstarch, <BR> <i... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:34:42 EST oohh pain We must have caught a virus because every drink and bite of food causes a mild to severe cramping pain. My morning juice,water,chips-which usually sooth my tummy all caused pain. <BR> I made it through my workout and figured if I felt too bad I could stop. But I felt better and it got my mind of the discomfort. The house is open and the fans are on but it's 79 in the house. Made for a hot workout, not a big fan of that! Now I'm going to take I it easy. I already did the dishes,vacuumed and di... Fri, 10 May 2013 13:45:39 EST For Ladies Only:-) Ladies I can't sing the praises of classical stretch workouts enough. 10 weeks ,5 days a week and just 22 minutes a day is making big changes in my body. Please know I wasn't fit or thin when I started. 170 lbs, there you go honest! <BR> I've been saying for weeks how my arms are shaping nicely with biceps and a struggling triceps! My old flat bum is getting that sweet round shape, which I haven't seen for years! But here's the biggest change. The lower abs, which have never been remotely fla... Thu, 9 May 2013 14:22:06 EST Empresses New Clothes Well just one new outfit <BR> <BR> <BR> Got to love Ross! <BR> One world top sells for $30 at Dillard's just $9.99:-) and its a Large, not XL xxl or 1x:-) :-) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Walking shorts $16.99, retail $44.00 size 14:-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Feels great to have pants that fit! All my capris are from 30 pounds ago and look baggy and awful. So after 18 months som... Wed, 8 May 2013 16:01:30 EST The best eggs ever! This was a quick, easy dinner but as breakfast it would be divine as well <BR> I love potatoes and this is a great lower fat way to fix them. <BR> I typed out the whole recipe and it vanished. So as much as I love potatoes I hate typing! <BR> The recipe is From Betty Crocker-Herbed potato egg scramble. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> All you need is a red potato, 6 eggs,herbs,water,oil,roasted red peppers,parmesan cheese <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 7 May 2013 21:38:23 EST mystery plant Help me identify this plant! It's growing beside the garage. There is nothing else like it in the yard. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We think its a veg, l... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:01:14 EST coming clean! Well I got up the nerve to put current photos in my new workout clothes. Yikes, no makeup, sleeveless... <BR> I haven't worn sleeveless in years but feel my arms have improved enough to wear it at home anyhow. Wish the workout pants held it all in more, compression I want compression! But these are cotton and this is Florida! I feel better about how I look than months ago but most important I feel better inside and out! <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:44:17 EST Old school me:-) Who's that girl? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Let's go O-W! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Girls just wanna have fun:-) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Rock the casbah! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can you guess the decade? <BR>... Mon, 6 May 2013 17:08:31 EST Dr.Oz today Did you see Tracy Anderson on Dr. Oz? She has workouts based on body type. This isn't the first time I heard of this. Last summer I came across a man who told you what exercises to do and not do for you body. I learned not to do leg bulking exercises. Weight workouts were the lowest weight with high reps. According to Tracy I'm an omnicentric body type-formerly known as hourglass, I gain weight evenly all over. Boy she hit the nail on the head when she said its too difficult to workout all a... Mon, 6 May 2013 17:00:44 EST Juicy juicing with freggies <img src=""> <BR> Carrot,apple,pear,orange,ginger <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Weird looking right,foam rises,stir again:-) <BR> Strawberry,kiwi,apple,pear,spinach,mint <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Strawberry banana smoothie <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pineapple,apple,pear,fennel <BR> <im... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:36:38 EST Honey Bear This dog is thick with wooly hair <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't have a picture at its thickest! <BR> We cut/shave it for the warm months <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I cut away lots of her mane <BR> She's on her way <BR> Sun, 5 May 2013 20:44:55 EST Gluten free madness:-) After having great success with Bloomfield Farms gluten free flour mix--- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I know I've posted those pictures of cookies and bread sticks but they are the best gluten free baked goods I've made <BR> I made a trip back to Winning Dixie buying all but one of the boxes on the shelf. They don't carry many gf items but several were on sale. Here's m... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:33:49 EST Evil Willy My cousin sent me this picture of his little wiener dog! <BR> <img src="" Sat, 4 May 2013 18:23:49 EST what happens when you do housework and grocery shopping Looking for a reason to give up housework and errands? <BR> Last night while doing dishes I shook my left hand to get a stray hair off and on the second shake I felt a sharp knife like pain shoot through my wrist and the next shake it was worse. So hubby finished the dishes and I've been walking around making owwee sounds every time I move my hand. I put a wrist wrap on it but it doesn't keep the wrist from moving. <BR> We just got back from the grocery store where a middle age woman plowed i... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:20:01 EST