GRANDMABABA's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMABABA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring Fever I just returned from a spectacular walk through an amazing display of spring blooms. Every color of the rainbow merged with those delightful perfumes to awaken all my senses. In fact, it was such a beautiful experience I think I'll get a few things done here and head out again...perhaps a slightly different route. I love the sights, sounds, scents and feel of springtime. Dh enjoys it, too, as long as he pre-medicates...sniffle, sniffle, sneeze! Happy springtime! <em>126</em> <em>87<... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:12:29 EST On the mend, still watching calories and nutrition! I loved all the responses to my blog about the message board question..'did you overeat yesterday?' Thanks for all the encouraging and thought provoking responses. I am currently recovering from a bug that first attacked my chest and then my sinuses. The antibiotic has started clearing everything and hopefully this will be the last of it. I'm still so tired, dizzy and craving cold or salty things for my throat. I plan to visit my mom for three weeks soon and don't want to bring my bug to... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:58:47 EST Did I overeat yesterday? I often answer this message board post. Most often the answer is no. But, in thinking about the question a bit more deeply I'm not so sure I answer it right. Or even more confusing is whether there is a completely right answer. If I ate within calorie range, but ate too many sweets, carbs, fats, or etc., should I answer that I did overeat? When I overeat in some areas and under eat in others it can be a pretty unhealthy day even when calories are fine. Perhaps on 'bad' days my answer sh... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 23:40:50 EST Try, try again! I so struggle staying on track with any particular eating program. My husband has never struggled with his weight and can still eat pretty much whatever he wants. Unfortunately for me, he rarely wants what I would prefer. My latest failure was attempting to follow the Dr. Oz two week rapid weight loss plan. I barely made it two days. However, I did find a couple of things that I really like about that one and will continue to incorporate at least during the week while dh is a work. The ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:34:50 EST Inversion yuck! The air is filthy right now thanks to this yucky winter inversion. But, even though it's not healthy to exercise outdoors I've gotten in my steps by walking/jogging in my little condo. I've made it downstairs to the gym a bit, too. So, little by little I'm on my way into 2014... hoping for a successful one for us all! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:41:19 EST Out from under. Thanks to an antibiotic my 'bug' flew away. The residual cough is probably more due to this inverted chewy air than the infection. So, it's back to the gym for me and maybe I can finally make some progress. Cheers! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:39:05 EST Lazy day Fighting a 'bug' that leaves me a bit foggy and groggy with ringing ears and a sore throat. I think the cough is the only reason I'm not actually asleep at this point. Have a check-up tomorrow so will have throat, chest and ears checked. With flu season here, I don't want to end up with something more distressing. Unfortunately, I find myself munching more than I should. Ouch! Tomorrow will be brighter. Stay well everyone! <BR> <em>102</em> <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:00:05 EST But it was yummy! I made lots of fun food for a football watching party with our daughter and family. Even though I made sure I had Greek yogurt dip, lots of veggies and other 'good' things, I still couldn't resist eating a s'mores cupcake and some of the other things not on my eating plan. It was so yummy. But, after being pretty good with the rapid weight loss plan from Dr. Oz for the past four or five days I disappointed myself today. Tomorrow I start again. That's what Mondays are for...sometimes! <BR... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:16:15 EST Trying Dr. Oz two week rapid weight-loss diet... Sounded interesting so I stocked up on the extra veggies, green tea, and a few other things. I already had the flax seed, protein powder, almond milk, Greek yogurt, frozen berries and some of the rest. So, my experience so far is that I have mostly followed the healthy plan and noticed a couple of benefits besides some weight loss after just about three days. I've had much less indigestion and gas than has been common in recent memory. Perhaps that is due to lack (or, drastic reduction) o... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:50:40 EST Feeling like a fraud today! After much activity the past several days, today I fight overwhelming ms fatigue and a migraine. So, my big 2014 plans are back on the shelf. Tomorrow I'll be ready to take on the new year once again...I hope! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:53:17 EST I'm taking back my life this year! I am so thankful to be here to face another year. I am doubly blessed to have my dh with me, on my side and in my corner. Serious life issues threatened to end one or both of us in recent years. We choose health and hope even as we must look into some health issues. We get to choose love, spend time with our grandkids, and with our moms, aged 98 & 99. We don't know what 2014 will bring our way, but we can claim it to be a place where we can choose who we will be, who we will become. I h... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:42:16 EST Another New Year very VERY SOON! So, this is it...sort of. Actually, I'm in a pretty good place. I enjoyed some extra treats beginning with our son's visit in October. It has been a steady stream of temptation as we celebrated five birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and this New Year. But, I entered this danger zone knowing I would indulge and knowing I can make amends in January. I've also been caring for my sweet husband since his 12/12 back surgery. There were complications during and after surgery and, sa... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:46:13 EST Fat...the gift we gave ourselves! Nobody stuffed my face but me. Nobody held me down to keep me from moving as much as I needed to move. I gave this "gift" to myself. I could blame a bunch of health issues...thyroid, fibromyalgia, migraines, stress, cancer, medications, etc. But, the bottom line is that I chose this for me. With Christmas upon us, I intend to continue to give myself the gift of a healthy lifestyle as I have more consistently gifted myself in recent years. I choose health. I send blessings for good he... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:14:35 EST 3 week blog-a-day challenge- day 21 Hooray, the last day of this challenge. I'm to write my intent for the future. I intend to be aware of my actions, my thoughts and goals. I will treat myself with kindness knowing I will never be perfect in any of this. I will listen for and follow the Lord's direction. I will remember that I am loved and that I do have purpose for my life. I will be mindful regarding activity, food consumption and time management. I will move toward my goals day by day and reward my progress along the ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:02:19 EST Day 19 & 20 of 3 week blog challenge How would person wh loves me most describe me? <BR> What can I do today to make myself happier? <BR> Dh loves me the most, I think. He would probably describe me as a bit sad stressed at the moment. I am just not myself. I've missed some appointments, have a pile of Christmas cards yet to write, have to wait for directions from dd regarding when we can celebrate birthdays, holidays and such. Dh knows I'm sad that I no longer get to do many of the things I once enjoyed. <BR> I guess I co... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:09:48 EST Three week blog a day challenge - day 18 One word that least describes me, elaborate. Regal - I don't think anyone would ever confuse me with Queen Elizabeth or Elizabeth Taylor! I live in jeans much of the time. We have a small condo that is close to shopping, parks, library, arts, hiking trails, and transit if we don't want to drive. We'll never have a palace though it's kind f fun watching our daughter's family manage their mansion in another state while they live in a big beautiful mountain top home about 30 miles from us. ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:20:22 EST Three week Blog a day challenge - day 17 One word that best describes me...elaborate: <BR> Servant - I think most people who know me see me as someone who wants to serve wherever I my faith, in my home, as a volunteer for several organizations, as a mom, grandma, etc. I need to feel useful day by day. I need to be needed. How do you, would others,describe you in a single word? <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:05:30 EST Three week blog a day challenge - day 16 If I could change one thing about myself it would be to be more positive. How and why? I get discouraged and disappointed in myself (and others). I can change how I react with family when things go badly. Instead of withdrawing I could pick up a positive thread and stay present. It does mean walking a line between letting others walk all over me and being unkind to someone who has hurt me. I need to be more consistent with positive self talk. I would never speak to others as I do to my... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:55:39 EST Blog A Day - Day 15 I feel good about myself...true or false, elaborate... <BR> <BR> Well, let's see...I managed to answer the wrong question yesterday and perhaps this is also wrong. But, whatever I write about it is getting me to put pen to paper so to speak, so here it goes. This would be a qualified 'true'. I feel good about a lot of things that are a part of me. But, I am still under construction and I will never be my ideal. So, as a work in progress, I feel good about where I am and hope to be even ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 00:16:58 EST Blog a day 14 I like the way I cook ...true or false, elaborate <BR> <BR> True for the most part. I cook pretty simply using lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and such. I roast, bake, steam and microwave...rarely fry an when I do, I use healthy oils. My husband is a reluctant veggie eater and I haven't been eating enough protein in years. So, I'm trying to make veggies more to his liking and making myself eat more protein, even using a whey supplement most days. We are doing bette... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:37:33 EST Blog a day challenge...days 11, 12 & 13, I think... How often and for how long do I participate in physical activity? I do something most days. Most often it is walking 30-60 minutes. Sometimes, like yesterday, it is hitting the gym for strength training and elliptical. I should be working more and harder which leads to the next two questions. <BR> <BR> Do I like to be pushed? Sometimes I do like being pushed, like to write these blogs. I decided to follow this three week challenge and almost immediately started falling behind. Trying ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 18:27:42 EST 3 week blog a day challenge - day 10 In what ways do I cheat myself in efforts to reach short or medium term goals? How about you? <BR> <BR> I don't exercise hard enough and I tend to eat too many once-in-a-while type treats. I tell myself my current weight is o.k. rather than truly striving for an optimal outcome. For this month I'm just trying to maintain rather than actually working towards a weight or strength goal. I know I've gotten lazy lately. Gotta put my health back near or at the top of my to-do list. How are y... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 22:15:11 EST Blog a day challenge - day 9 What supports do I need to meet short and medium range goals? <BR> Are those supports in place? <BR> What interferes? <BR> <BR> Time and money come to mind. Time to shop for and prepare healthy food as well as time to exercise. Money for healthy foods, good exercise shoes, perhaps some other equipment or a gym membership or trainer. An encouraging partner is a big bonus. <BR> But, really, it takes very little beyond my own desire and integrity to get moving in the right direction. Inte... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 00:09:26 EST Blog a day challenge - days 7 & 8 Least favorite physical activity? <BR> Running is my least favorite because it hurts my back and knees now. I did jog laps around my granddaughter's main floor on Thanksgiving. She's almost four and has abundant energy. We celebrated a day late due to sil's schedule. Today I'm really feeling the effects. Will need to refrain from such higher impact activity for a bit. I.e. slip on the walking shoes! <BR> <BR> Ever work with a physical trainer? Many years ago I got to train with a wor... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:02:31 EST 3 week blog a day challenge - day 6 What is your favorite physical activity overall? At the gym? I think walking would have to be favorite overall. But, when I get to the gym my favorite is the elliptical. If I had easy pool access I think swimming would be at or near the top. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of pools and lakes and rivers and the ocean. Do you have sweet childhood activity memories that are now a part of your grown up fitness routine? <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>332</em> <em>31... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:07:15 EST 3 week blog a day 5 What demotivates me from my health and fitness goals? Hmmm...I think the small stuff gets in my way. If I'm more tired, I might not get to the planned physical activity. And if I 'cheat' on my nutrition I sometimes don't try as hard for the rest of the day. So, it seems a small derailment discourages me from getting back on track as quickly as I should. How about you? What are the demotivating forces on your journey? <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:33:46 EST 3 week blog a day 4 What motivates me to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> Today I'm motivated by the work I'm doing to handle everything while dh recovers from back surgery. Because ms often limits what I can do, I recognize I could not manage what is going on if I was not taking good care of me. Taking good care of me means the healthiest lifestyle I can live....exercise, good nutrition, meaningful activity, prayer, service, love and laughter. Life is beautiful. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>213</... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:20:06 EST 3 week blog a day challenge - day 3 What is my big long term goal these days? Though I would still like to lose a few more pounds, I think the main thing that keeps me at this is that someday I would love to be able to dance at my grandkids' weddings. To get there, I must stay active. So, for now I will try to do something each day that helps me become the healthiest me I can be. <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 01:03:48 EST 3 week blog a day challenge - day 2 I met my short tern goal to eliminate junk food binging a long time ago, but kind of fell off the wagon.m so, this is a renewed goal. One day at a time is the way to find the desired results. Cheers! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:10:41 EST 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge - day 1 <BR> <BR> I stole this blog as i intend to start this challenge and need an easily accessible list of questions to answer. My short challenge goal beginning today through the end of the year is no more junk food binges...even mini ones. I will eat healthily at least through this challenge period. Since it takes that long to make a habit, I should be back on the right track well before Christmas. Hooray! <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---- <BR> <BR> Better late t... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:06:10 EST Emotional crash and burn While my dh has not been himself through and following back surgery I have given in to emotional binge eating. <em>198</em> Though I only went over my upper calorie limit on one day, I have eaten very poorly the past couple of weeks. To really be honest it began when our son's family visited for nine days the end of October to beginning of November. I cooked more elaborately and we ate out a lot. <em>4</em> Ever since then I've definitely had the wrong mix of fuel. Back then I thin... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:46:41 EST Dh doing much better Though his brain still isn't working well, dh turned a corner late yesterday. We took two short walks today. It is so good to see him able to move a bit again. Still a lot of recovery ahead, but we are now going the right direction. I can now leave him for short periods so I can run errands and get some exercise in the gym. We are both feeling far more optimistic now. Slow and steady wins this race! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:43:33 EST Thank You Thank you so much for prayers, thoughts and kind words regarding my dh's surgery and challenges. His doctor gave him a pain shot so he had better rest for awhile last night. X-rays are encouraging. Not sure why the mental issues right now. Doc says watch, wait, return next week if necessary. I hate to watch dh struggle. Perhaps his memory and thought deficits are a blessing in disguise. I don't want him to remember this. I look forward to getting his sweet personality back. Meanwhile... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:17:38 EST Dh needs patience to heal Dh has had some complications during and since the back surgery he had a week ago. I'm struggling to keep him from moving in ways he should not just yet. Mentally, he is not himself. So much is not as anticipated. His doctor wants to see him tomorrow. I'm glad. Hope to get some answers and advice as how to move forward. I need to get some exercise and some sleep soon or I'll go crazy. Right now I must stay near dh. Hopefully docs can help us put our fears aside. Meanwhile, we both n... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:01:11 EST More surprises related to dh' back surgery His surgeon told us he nearly had to stop the surgery when dh experienced some sort of 'mild heart event.' Will have to further evaluate later. Glad they opted to complete the operation. I brought him home late yesterday afternoon. Last night he spiked a high fever. Chills caused such violent shaking. I just hope that didn't shake up any of the work that was done. I got him on antibiotic this morning, but it has been a very challenging recovery to date. The pain is not well controlled... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:01:42 EST Dh surgery update and thanks! Surgery went well despite some surprises. The lower disc was completely crushed and no room for even the smallest probe in nerve channels on either side. It could be months before we know if the nerves will heal or regenerate. All the tingling, pain numbness remain at this point. The surgeons did open the channels, put in a spacer with bone graft made from his own bone and some enhancer, and installed two rods with several screws. after about a half hour discussion with one of the surgeo... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:03:47 EST DH surgery Tuesday Dh Is scheduled for some pretty complex back surgery on Tuesday. He had a very successful back surgery 15 years ago, but this is much more involved and he is older now. He hopes to be able to ride a bike again and run outdoors where the surface is far less even than on the gym treadmill. Fortunately, he is in otherwise really good shape. Still, we feel a bit more concern than his first time. Hopefully, he will be home in three or four days. The procedures include some fusions, prostheti... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:28:58 EST Road trip not so perfect! I drove just over the border and got a nice room at a beautiful casino hotel. My new wheels worked great and was fun to drive out on the open road where speed limit is now 80 mph. I got in some great walking time, but started feeling like I was coming down with a cold or some other bug. On my way up to my room I was mugged. All my cash was taken. I was left with several nasty bumps on my head and a lot of bruises. I don't really remember the attack. Maybe that's a good thing. It all s... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:41:20 EST Gotta drive...somewhere, anywhere! Gotta get away from the cupboards and fridge! We just said good-bye to nine days of son's family visit which included a huge birthday party, six restaurants, two dinner parties and Halloween. The scale is not my friend today. However, just before guests arrived I bought a beautiful new SUV. Though I've owned it for nearly two weeks I only have about 55 miles on it! So, my plan is to go for a brief out of state drive and overnight jaunt ... Check out the new wheels and avoid food at the sa... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:21:10 EST A victory at the snack stop! My husband wanted an Orange Julius as we broke from our afternoon walk before heading back home. The stop was a bit more than a mile away. His craving took us into the small food court. He got his fix and I ordered something called a light pomegranate smoothie. I discovered that basically meant a sugary juice flavored beverage blended with ice. I needed to hydrate so I started sipping. It tasted so sweet that I only had a little before discarding the rest. In the past I would have made... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:53:48 EST What's your excuse? Huh??? I caught a glimpse of a photo on television this morning with this caption. It was of a beautiful, slim young mom in her two piece swim suit with her three small children. She reminds me of my dd, naturally slim, always active (or she goes crazy), trophy wife with three young children. I think that's great. However, though there are lots of excuses, there are also a multitude of reasons why most of us don't look like them. As we make healthy choices we can be the best us we can be. We d... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:48:20 EST Rough Week! It seems that everyone I know has had a challenging week. It can be overwhelming at times. Thankfully, we never have to do any of this alone. Wishing all sparkers a good weekend. <BR> <em>220</em> <em>213</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:50:03 EST Fat and sugar are calling these days... And, today I once again answered the call. I ate a single serving package of potato chips followed by 2.8 oz. of the chocolate chip cookies I made yesterday. I'm getting ready to serve about 450 people during fellowship hours after worship services this Sunday. Yesterday I made about 12 dozen cookies and 8 dozen Rice Krispie treats. I still have several batches of brownies and muffins to bake. Plus, will have lots of fruit and a variety of chips. I did this another time, but with a grou... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:32:47 EST So much beauty! As I walked this afternoon I was so awed by the fall beauty. So many colors, such peace in the park and up into the canyon along the stream. I looped back a different route where I was gifted with a spectacular view overlooking the area through which I had just walked. The reds, yellows, oranges and even those trees still clinging to the many shades of green provided a spectacular vista free for the taking. There is nothing quite like a walk through such beauty this time of year. Blessin... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:18:11 EST A13-year Low! Yesterday I celebrated my 61st birthday. It was the first time since 2000 that I celebrated at under 130 pounds! Though I'd love to lose another ten, I am at a healthy number and have recently been concentrating on maintaining. I continue to make poor decisions at times. Yesterday, for example, I didn't exercise enough and I definitely over ate. Oops! I am eager to see what this year will bring in health and fitness. Life is good! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>213</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 17:44:45 EST Back in the gym! Today was my first day in the gym since spring. Wasn't sure how my walks, hikes and other outdoor activity kept me on track. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to do an hour on the elliptical, followed by 45 minutes of strength training and finish with a ten minute walk/jog on the treadmill. After a bit of desk work, I still had enough left to wash all the windows outside. So nice to see clearly again. <em>213</em> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:00:56 EST Kidney Disease in the Elderly? My mother had a lot of edema when I visited her recently. Her legs, feet, toes looked like they were about to pop. Her doctor put her on a diuretic and potassium and they seem to be working. Her blood test showed her to be at stage 3. Her doctor says this is common among the elderly, but I am concerned with this development. She is miserable with the races to her bathroom and pain has increased significantly from other chronic issues. I presume this is due partly from her added movement... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:44:51 EST I Missed Fitbit! I stupidly left my charging cable in a hotel room a few weeks ago and with life craziness I didn't get a new one ordered immediately. Was without fitbit and really missed it. Hadn't realized how much a part of my life it had become. So glad to have my little buddy back to cheer me on! Maybe I rely on this a little too much... <em>246</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:01:48 EST Dh diagnosis After much wrong diagnoses and treatments, dh finally learned he is very vitamin D deficient. The foot numbness of last few years, thinning bones despite lots of running and other weight bearIng exercise and several other problems are likely from this and most are likely permanent. So sad and unnecessary. He is taking massive doses of D and potassium now to get it where it should be before surgery to fuse two ruptured disks and make space for some pinched nerves. I continue to pray for ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:50:28 EST Gotta Get Over 4 Days of Too Much Fun! We just had thre of our gks (3,8,10) here for four days. Since we are now in a condo with neighbors very near, I made lots of plans to be away. Here's what was included... <BR> Day1: kids arrived at 6 a,m.,Einstein's breakfast, library, train, Johnny Rockets lunch, summer/school clothes shopping for all of them, splash pad, nap for little one while boys read and watched movie, dinner here, face painting before going to nearby AAA Baseball game until pretty late <BR> Day 2: breakfast here,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:31:31 EST