BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Camping -- Again! On Friday, we had some downpours that kept us from packing our camper early. The day before, there was a leak around the vent in the middle of our little 17 ft camper. We decided we would go camping anyway. But we also decided to put it up for sale when we got back. <BR> <BR> we enjoyed a lovely dinner with DD and family at the campground on Friday. The chili hot dog casserole I made was a hit with all. DD made some cuke salad to go with it and a lovely fruit dessert. nice time. The... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:21:02 EST All those sore throats! Have awakened with sore throats a lot this summer. Am working on killing viruses in my body. I think maybe the window being open for days on end in the bedroom may have something to do with the sore throats because of all the dampness! Dr did say I seem to have some lymph congestion. Maybe when that is cleared out, the sore throats will be gone. Things to consider. <BR> <BR> My physical exercise has been way off lately. Also, have been lazy tracking. I do much better when I am in a ch... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:12:41 EST Another Week Gone! Last Friday I saw our ND. We ate out on the way home and DH was not feeling well. I have been on a new supplement program to get rid of viruses and boost my immune system. Yesterday was the first day in a long time I felt almost normal again! PTL! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday I had been recovering. Wednesday and Thursday I was doing some sewing for my daughter. We are taking care of their dogs while they are camping this weekend. <BR> <BR> Was out to chiropractor t... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:31:41 EST Darling Grandkid Adventure Today Now this was a much nicer adventure than the camping one. We took son's two kids to the baseball bat factory (Brookville) and then off to Scripture Rocks (Heritage Park). We missed some of the trail, but it was too hot to backtrack. We had breakfast and lunch out together. On the way home, we stopped at a Sheetz and got two milkshakes. One for DH and I to share and one for darling GD. DGS was too tired to have anything else. All in all, a great adventure! <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:54:01 EST Our Weekend Camping Adventure We left Friday afternoon and the section of 219 we needed to travel on was blocked because of flooding. A pickup truck driver thought we could make it anyway. We could not see the road, but it was not a large portion of the road. So, we followed our SIL through the waters -- we were both pulling campers, of course. Since it was not a four inch depth. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we attended the 100 mile yard sale near the campground. We did not travel 100 miles. We purchased a few things, bu... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:24:19 EST Another Busy Week! Thought for today: Your life is like a canvas: every morning it's up to you to decide if you like to keep on painting the same old picture or create a new on. Dick & Joy Williams <BR> <BR> Tuesday: DH had an apt with the orthopedic Dr. and he diagnosed him with a 'frozen' shoulder. Therapy is still needed, but it has to be more aggressive. <BR> <BR> Wed: DH had an ear Dr. apt. He got his aids adjusted again. We have to go back in July. To the other Dr., too. At least, this time t... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:38:58 EST Thoughtful Thursday <BR> Thought of the Moment: <BR> <BR> I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate <BR> him. <BR> <BR> - Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> Love is Kind! Thu, 8 Jun 2017 21:46:18 EST MRI back for DH Hubby's report came back that it is a tear in the flesh that covers the shoulder ball and socket. Not in the muscle as we had thought. Also, he has some inflamed tendons. The PA wants him to see a specialist for a second opinion. I thought a tear was to be healed -- not exercised. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we had a lovely time out shopping and lunching with a friend for her birthday. We went 'bent-and-denting'. You know, the stores that have bent cans and some outdated (not ... Wed, 24 May 2017 07:37:03 EST Happiness! A wonderful goal. Today, for my happiness, I wanted to pick up a few things for a very good friend for her birthday next week and for my DGDs turning 13 in June. I so enjoy getting small gifts for friends and family that I think they will enjoy. Sometimes I make small gifts. <BR> <BR> Suppose to go to DD later for stromboli. Looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> Have a great night and a blessed Sunday! <em>593</em> Sat, 20 May 2017 17:31:17 EST Friday and Saturday -- 12 & 13 Friday -- DGD did my nails for me for Mother's Day. They are pink and pretty. Was able to cut some calories, but didn't get in my exercise. We had a low cal stirfry with grilled chicken. In the morning, we had a fairly high protein breakfast. I have discovered that the amount of carbs Spark wants us to have is not right for me. <BR> <BR> Saturday (today)--Went to a church give-away to which I gave and got. Also, helped pack up after all customers were gone. It is a neighborhood church... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:40:23 EST Wednesday/Thursday . . .and the challenge goes on! Not losing much this time. Only the week I was sick. DH was at physical therapy again today. I thought when there was no improvement they would send him for an MRI. Instead, they want him to do more therapy. I looked 'muscle tear' up online and if that is what it is, now is not the time for therapy, but rest and compression. Since they are not sure what it is, we continue on . . . <BR> <BR> Was out yesterday most of the day with my youngest brother and... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:07:08 EST Monday and Tuesday Monday was another therapy session for DH. His injury is no better. Today he had another session. He will have one more before he probably will be scheduled for an MRI to see what actually is going on. <BR> <BR> On the upside, I got my exercise in while he was a therapy yesterday w/o interruptions. Got a few other things done, too. <BR> <BR> Today, I wore both my Fitbit and my Up Move. They are not the same. When things slow down -- mmmmmmm -- I just may have to see if I need some ad... Tue, 9 May 2017 22:22:29 EST Power Outage -- Monday 9 PM until Tuesday about 4 PM. Oh, my, how we rely on our modern tech thing-a-ma-bobs. What I really missed, though, was water and heat. we had our gas stove so I could cook. I snuggled up in my clothes and comforter this afternoon and just couldn't get warm. The wind and rain has seemed to die down. PTL <BR> <BR> I didn't get to sign in last night and go to the 10% challenge thread. I will try to get caught up. I was frustrated today and had a lot of things to get done when the power came back on. <BR> <BR> Hope ... Tue, 2 May 2017 21:42:59 EST Road Trip to Warren, PA We left after a light lunch around 1:15 and got home around 9:30. It was a lovely day and we met with some splash downs in Warren. DD and family asked us to go along. They went to look at a camper they were interested in. It was a long trip, but they are pretty sure it is what they wanted so they will probably make the trip back to get it. We stopped on the way back and got a sandwich and a drink at a Sheetz. <BR> <BR> It was a nice day filled with a lot of laughs. We have not spent a ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:18:27 EST Saturday -- April 29/ Animals, Rain, Ticks Weigh-in today <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Nutrition today <em>4</em> Lots of fiber! Homemade bean soup for Lunch and Supper. <BR> <BR> DH not feeling well today. We had to cancel our trip to take Fuzzy and Lady for their rabies shots. It was raining today. A tick popped off April today -- it was gorged. Yesterday, too. I seem to be missing them in her double coated fur. <BR> <BR> I have ordered a different natural spray for ticks and fleas from Amazon. Hoping this one works bette... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:44:18 EST Reports are back. As usual, DH blood work revealed high cholesterol levels. My LDL- 76 and HDL -72 were "unremarkalbe". I guess it is a little unusual to have each one almost the same. Will have to check that out. <BR> <BR> Got some sheets done today and DH hung them on the lines for me. Took a few ticks off April today. Hate the tick and flea season. Nothing to be done about it you live in the country with critters and wooded areas all around. I need to find something natural that will work for April... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:35:50 EST Last Night at Twins Celebration It is hard to believe that our oldest DGDs are now turning sixteen. It was a family celebration. DD made dips and had different breads, chips, and a punch called 'swamp juice'. There was a corn hole tournament and young and old alike played. We came home early -- without having cake and ice cream -- because DH had not been feeling well most of the day. <BR> <BR> We had our blood work done yesterday morning. It was the annual thing we fit in when we can. DH usually has issues with chole... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:39:48 EST Tuesday to the Dr.s. Went for my 'well' checkup and the PA gave me a prescription for amoxicillin. She thinks this thing I am fighting is a sinus infection. <BR> <BR> On the <em>49</em> (up) side, April is much better. She started taking off her bandage so DH finished taking it off yesterday and he said it made her very happy. Though she is still favoring that leg, she is no longer hobbling on it.The sun is out and that is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Hoping to feel better soon! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:46:35 EST April has a Boo Boo! Our Sheltie loves to be outside but gets into some trouble. Don't know how she did it, but she injured her leg. Thank God it wasn't a break. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:41:59 EST Ill Today Spent most of the day in bed. Aching all over, sore throat, headache, stuffy nose . . .Just had tea an toast today and that was for supper. Oh, well, maybe I will lose some weight! That would be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Have a good Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Friends! <em>593</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:51:14 EST Spring Craft Show DGD went with me today to set up and she sold some of the jewelry she and her sister made. I sold very little and do not think I will do the Spring show at this church again. The vendor participation is way down and so were the shoppers. Will still try to do the fall one, though. It is usually better. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:14:04 EST Thursday through Sunday These were some trying days. Hubby's brothers are both home and niece is finally showing some improvement . One brother, though home, is still not doing well. <BR> <BR> I think I twisted my knee in some fashion this past week and could barely walk for a couple of days. It was all swollen -- front and back -- and hurt to bend. Walking was almost impossible without a cane -- even in the house! <BR> <BR> On the up side, we are planning a family get-to-gather for my DH this week because he ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:30:16 EST Sunday Inspiration Calvary was a miracle. God's mercy and forgiveness are proof that he cares. Today is not permanent. Your worst circumstances are subject to change. You are never as far from a miracle as it first appears. (Read Is. 40:4-5) <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:47:53 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday <BR> Sunday-- Soup and sandwich lunch at church. Was very nice. DH made his requested chili. <BR> <BR> Monday-- off to our friends' house for lunch. it was cold out, but our fellowship warmed the heart. We had sandwiches and salad for lunch. It was good! <BR> <BR> Tuesday-- DH's brother was admitted to the hospital with bleeding from an unknown source and chest pain. His daughter (41) was released within the same 24 hour period. She is still recovering from the stroke. <BR> <BR> DG... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:05:43 EST Thursday and Friday! Went out 'thrifting' with a friend on Thursday. Got some nice tops for 25 cents apiece. May have to get pics and post! Went to lunch at a local hospital cafeteria. I had turkey, some potatoes with skins with sour cream, and a nice creamy cucumber salad. It was just a little over four dollars. The sun was shining beautifully in the AM. Got home before it got bad! <BR> <BR> Brother's surgery was today (Friday) and he came through it well and is suppose to come home tomorrow. PTL!!! <BR... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:21:33 EST Friday through Monday Friday--Lovely supper and game night at the DD. The other grandparents were there, too. Laughs! I sort of kinda was speaking about how one could use a dry cow patty(lots of farms with cows around here) to make a little boom. Actually had son-in-law thinking we could maybe make a little boom. Here's what I was thinking: Find a large dry patty. Poke holes in it and then pour in some oil or fuel. Then lite it up and see what happens. lol It was just one of those crazy thoughts on a... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:16:48 EST Today was a Better Day! Rarely do I get to say this: I met my nutrition tracking goals today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It was a tough week. So glad to start a new one. Physically, things were not right. I am taking some supplements for stress and something extra for my circulation now. I have been concerned about DH. He has been having some physical problems and stressers going on with him, too. Youngest brother is having surgery tomorrow because of cancer. A forty year old niece had a stroke. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:34:29 EST Tuesday -- Thinking Thighs "The thigh muscles are the largest in the body and need to be exercised both aerobically and with repetitive exercises. I have found that as my patients with diabetes increase the muscle mass in their thighs, their blood sugar typically decreases." Don Colbert, MD <BR> * * * * * <BR> "Thin thighs (less than 24 inches in circumference) are associated with significantly increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The risk increases as thigh circumference decreases. This makes it im... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:32:41 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday On Friday, I had an apt with the Nutritionist/ND. There are a few things I have to work on. She gave some suggestions for my painful knee-- one is usually worse than the other. She also suggested a few supplements. One i have never tried before is a detox deodorant. You put in on at night and shower off in the morning. She said some people have had some good results with it. Guess toxins and adrenal weakness is what has been having me so tired lately. She wants me to let her know how ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:35:17 EST Disappointing First Week of Challenge Didn't even lose a pound. Hoping to do much better this week. Tried to get my walking and some walking aerobics in and had two days of painful knees at night. <BR> <BR> Oh, bother! Thinking I should try some chair exercises this week. Maybe that will work better. Have a successful week Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:44 EST God Bless Friends Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: <BR> <BR> When trouble comes your soul to try, you love the friend who just stands by. <BR> Perhaps there's nothing he can do--the thing is strictly up to you. <BR> For there are troubles all your own, and paths the soul must tread alone. <BR> Times love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load. <BR> But just to know you have a friend who will 'stand by' until the end <BR> Whose sympathy through all endures, whose warm handclasp is always... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:45:08 EST "Jest fore Christmas" Father calls me William, sister calls me Will, <BR> Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! <BR> Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy, <BR> Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy! <BR> Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake--- <BR> Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache! <BR> 'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me, <BR> But jest 'fore Christmas I 'm as good as I kin be! <BR> <... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:52:51 EST Thanksgiving We had a great time at son's home. I took my yearly favorite of sweet potato/apple casserole. This year I took a GF chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. I am out of sugar and low on brown sugar. Not that I use that much -- just at this time of the year. Things to make for gatherings. Saturday is one of our family's parties and we are taking a crock pot of DH's chili and an apple pie (not mine, bought). I also have an apron order to finish to take. <BR> Did not do well at the craft ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:14:08 EST Thanksgiving -- Over the River . . . ... and through the woods, <BR> to Grandma's house we go. Hubby will drive the four wheel drive, thru the white and drifted snow--oh! Over the river and thru the woods, hoping for homemade rolls, When warm and toasty with butter on, the kind that warms the souls. <BR> <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, there's lots to eat at Gram's, It's portion control, and eat it slow, so we can have the ya--ams! <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, it's pumpkin pie for me, Hurray for fun, and wh... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:50:10 EST Difficult, but still Determined! The sciatic and knee problem has kept me from doing too much exercise on this challenge. SO, the therapy exercise has counted toward my exercise. Because it is difficult to sit, stand, walk and lay down, I have to move from one position to another. I am learning to <BR> pace myself. Today, the therapist tried a new thing on my back for the low back pain. It is some kind of flex tape that is suppose to help ease the pain. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have learned to cut back on certain fo... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:11:29 EST Some Finished Projects <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a birthday celebration last night for SIL. The guys watched football and we ladies played games -- and ate too much! No ice cream. The DGD made cupcakes and cookies. It was a lovely buffet dinner. <BR> <BR> Have much sewing to do for the craft show this weekend. The jewelry is for that same show and I posted it on my face book page, too. <BR> <BR> Have a great week and a great ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:48:18 EST Friday and Saturday Friday we were out with friends and ate at a buffet. I went over my calories yesterday. Did much better today. <BR> <BR> The five per cent challenge will be ending next Saturday with my final weigh-in. So far, I have lost more on this challenge that any I can remember. I tried to stay near the lower portion of the calorie chart and found that fewer carbs than suggested were better for me. I cut way back on sweets, desserts. and bread. The hardest part of this challenge for me was setti... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 22:17:50 EST Tuesday -- November 8/Voting, Therapy, TENS unit Glad this is the last day of ads and phone calls. I voted. I am done! <BR> <BR> I thought this would be the last day of therapy, but I scheduled one for Tuesday next week. I also got my TENS unit today. The therapist showed me how to use it. Planning to use it on DH tonight. Hoping to use it on my back, too. I want to use it at least once a day before I go back next week to see if it will actually help my back. <BR> <BR> Started two autumn necklaces and hoping to get them done soon. ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:41:11 EST November in Overdrive!!! November is usually one of the busiest months of the year for me. We have two birthday celebrations, two family holiday celebrations, and my sewing and crafting for the holidays. Also, usually in November I do my largest craft show for the year the weekend before Thanksgiving. Due to the problems with my back and knees, I am way behind in my crafting. The fitting in of therapy has taken a toll on my time, too. In all of this, the therapy has added to my exercise program. I think I will ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 06:38:50 EST Saturday Spills -- not thrills This AM I was getting ready to run some errands and dumped my gallon distiller all over the kitchen floor. What a flood! Then, when we came back, DH broke a glass gallon of jug of milk in the kitchen. What a mess! Milk all over and glass all over the counter. We worked diligently to get it all cleaned up. DH is concerned that if it ran somewhere we didn't get to, it will make an awful 'spoiled milk' smell. Oh, well, we didn't cry over spilled milk, we just cleaned it up. <BR> <BR> Sm... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:54:54 EST The Week That Was -- Glad it is over! Last week was a week of roller coaster rides -- mostly downs! Pain from therapy; dd's kitty got run over; DD got some bad news from the Dr. that had most of us crying. The after surgery healing was suppose to be four to six weeks, but is now four to six months. She is a home school Mom and a very hard working wife and mother. It is going to be very difficult for her to be off her feet. We are praying for a speedy recovery. I missed a day of therapy because of being so very tired from l... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:24:59 EST Another Day of Therapy At therapy today, I mentioned the problem with the knees and the exercise was changed. It seemed to be better. But that one and a half hours wore me out. I could barely get lunch ready because I was so tired. After lunch, I took a long nap. Woke up too warm because darling DH had built a small furnace fire on. Have the fan on at the moment while watching NCIS. <BR> <BR> Going with DH on Friday for a Dr.'s apt. It is an hour to get there, two hours there (intake, testing, exams, going o... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:10:32 EST Therapy! Oh, bother! The hour and a half at therapy left my knees worse than when I went. The last time I did therapy for my back, something bugged my bad knee. Now both of them are a little out of whack. I decided that if this keeps up, I will talk to the head guy and see if he can figure out what is going wrong. <BR> <BR> We were at friends' house today for lunch. We took some deli salad, cinnamon rolls, and a can of Bush beans. They had the fixings for sandwiches and coffee. Had not seen them for quite a... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:53:15 EST Goodbye September! Looking forward to October! September was a month of mixed emotions due to a lot of physical things going on. Bouts of dizziness and the sciatica had gotten worse. I started therapy for my back last week. I applied for a handicap plaque because it has gotten harder to walk a distance without something hurting or going numb. God has been so very good! Our insurance will pay for the therapy and the stretching worked the last time and I am hoping it will work this time. <BR> <BR> We had a great weekend away visiting f... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:33:43 EST Try Something New Tuesday--new snack I made some pepper jam last Thursday and decided I would like to have it on a Wasa rye cracker. I put a T of low fat cream cheese on the cracker and half a T of pepper jam on that. I like it! The calories are less than 125 and the cracker gives me two grams of fiber. So much more than regular sodium crackers. <BR> <BR> Last week had been a busy week and I was not feeling well for some of it. We went to watch our DGD at the band production at the grange fair. First time I saw her in her... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:23:53 EST A Monday Mistake Made Good It was the opening night of the grange fair. We went to see our DGD perform in the marching ban. We visited with some folks while walking around and then my hubby wanted to see some of the garden tractor pull. When I went to sit down at the bleachers, I was trying to protect my knees by avoiding climbing and ended sitting on the foot part instead of the seat part (didn't want to climb anything with these crazy knees). My son pointed that out, but I wasn't about to move. Anyway, this mist... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:21:05 EST Sunday Praise, Some Wisdom. "Now" Hope "From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised." PS.113:3 NKJ <BR> <BR> Country wisdom: The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. <BR> <BR> Now hope does not disappoint . . . Rom. 5:5 "Now" makes me think that we should hope every moment because we are always in the 'now.' Isn't it funny how we always live in the now? "Now" never passes so hope must not pass. Hope does not make us ashamed but brings forth faith -- af... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:47:09 EST Mixed Message Monday/Trees Down Tuesday/Woozy Wednesday While looking through a woman's magazine I found mixed messages just a few pages apart. <BR> One said, "You can get really hungry if you skip your meaning meal, and may make unhealthy food choices later that can contribute to health issues linked to heart disease, like obesity and Type 2 diabetes," cardiologist N. Goldberg, MD. <BR> Another said about avoiding snack attacks, "Eat a protein-packed breakfast, and it'll be far easier to resist sweet and fatty treats. . . or skip your a.m. meal a... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:02:57 EST Hope for the Season Please be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of the Creator, and none can say why some fields blossom while others lay brown beneath the harvest sun. <BR> <BR> Take hope. Your season will come! -- From a 17th Century Sermon <BR> <BR> I filled in for a local Pastor today and I spoke from Nehemiah. He had a lot to say that we can glean from. It was a 'Prayer Battle Plan' that I had learned from the words of Nehemiah years ago. Two friends were in attendance. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:47:24 EST Oh, Bother! A bit under the weather this week. Actually, it started last week with reoccurring sore throat. Throat seems to be better, but now I am just so easily fatigued. <BR> <BR> Am working on getting more protein this week. It seems to be working, but now I am low again on fiber. It is so hard to balance this out. When I try to fill in with beans for protein and fiber, then my carbs are out of whack. What a place to be!!! One of these days, and it won't be long, I will have this figured o... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:02:22 EST