GRANDMABABA's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMABABA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wrong Handed Living I'm right handed. i shattered my right wrist on Valentine's Day. Having surgery in three days. I'm not able to do much and feel like doing even less. But, one very positive outcome has been slowing down my life. What is really important? What really doesn't matter? <BR> <BR> I only eat what I actually want to eat and eat that very slowly. I only go where I must. I'm learning to ask for help. I'm actually reading encouraging posts, texts and e-mails instead of missing so much because ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:36:32 EST like a slog Can't do much with shattered right wrist. it is splinted until surgery next Tuesday. Every motion is painful and I am very dizzy, too. Guess I just need to learn a bit more patience. I did a little cleaning and very simple food prep. With so little activity it is a blessing that I have little appetite. Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend! <BR> <em>46</em> <em>198</em> <em>39</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:41:18 EST ouch update saw hand surgeon yesterday. complicated break that will require plate and a lot of screws and perhaps a second surgery later. besides the big breaks through both bones there are a lot of fractures that couldn't be seen well because of cloudiness indicating many bones over bones. straightened deformities somewhat before immobilizing. will be interesting to see what can be plated and screwed and what will just need to be removed. hoping to end up better off than Humpty Dumpty! surgery tuesd... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:24:47 EST ouch! walked this morning...fell. nice young msn actually picked me up and walked with me a bit until I assured him I could manage. drove to urgent care clinic keeping right hand up and as still as possible. broke both arm bones at wrist. the larger one is in several pieces. the other broken in two places and into joint. i figured it was bad when i felt shifting bones and saw deformity. not fun. hand specialist tomorrow. ouch! happy Valentine's Day to me. hope yours is going much better.... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:21:55 EST Time to change gears So, checking my BMI and the way my clothes fit and my weight, I'm finally ready to admit that I should be in maintenance rather than continued weight loss. However, I would love to lose a few vanity pounds and inches on my way to becoming the healthiest me that I can be. <BR> <BR> So, day by day I will do what I can. That will probably mean less time on SP as I don't need to sit this much at a time. I am raising my keyboard again and standing and doing squats part of the time while I type... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:42:19 EST Big Challenge this Year We have plans to meet up with our son's family in Orlando in November for eight days of Disney World - mostly Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Our son and daughter-in-law are running the half marathon and their two little girls (5&8) will run the mile race while there. <BR> <BR> Now to the challenge part. Having multiple sclerosis is often challenging and I don't really know what life will be day to day. We will share a beautiful large room on Disney property to eliminate extra travel and so... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:10:17 EST Celebrations Yesterday our family gathered here to celebrate. It was both a birthday party for my husband and our oldest grandson and a Super Bowl party. I prepared far too much food, but it still worked out well. There were three pizzas, breadsticks, chips, dips, guacamole, pigs in a blanket, birthday cake, ice cream, cupcakes, chocolate and caramel dipped pretzels, cheeses and crackers, wine and beer. But, there also was guacamole, fresh salsa, shrimp with cocktail sauce, mixed nuts, coffee with alm... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:17:46 EST One Year... I just looked at my measurements to goal for the past year and was pleasantly encouraged. <BR> Waist - lost 3 1/2 inches <BR> Hips - lost 4 inches <BR> Weight - lost 13 pounds and am at goal of 120 <BR> <BR> Time to set a new weight goal, though in a healthy place at the middle of BMI range and weight range. I think I will set a new goal for 115 pounds which would be lower than I've been for the last 20+ years. I was at 117 for my daughter's wedding in 2000, but that was at the end of canc... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:22:01 EST Home At Last and Ready to Go! After a month away to care for mom-in-law, plan her memorial, speak at her services, etc. it is so good to finally be back home. I missed my husband, my bed, my routine and so much of what is familiar. I never really got into the new year as we left here on 1/1/17. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, nearly to February and just starting my New Year routine and looking toward my new goals. I'm upping my step goal to 11,000 as I was doing better than that on average already. My fitbit will help me st... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:16:33 EST A day at the beach and a day in the city... It has been so beautiful here since the storms. Yesterday my husband and I joined his brother and sister for a day in Santa Cruz. The storms damaged the coast, but it will be repaired eventually. Today we drove to San Francisco to meet our daughter-in-law down from Seattle on business. These were two of the most beautiful days ... picture perfect. We head home to snow on Saturday morning. After having to be here for a month, I am really ready to get home, even to the ice and snow. Hopi... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:40:06 EST Beautiful memories We buried my mother-in-law today. She was a dynamo - WWII Army nurse, pediatric nurse, wife, mom of three, athlete, writer, grandmother of 8, great grandma of 10. There were times she pushed my buttons, but mostly I learned a lot from her. Fear of disappointing her probably helped me not ever become obese,though my weight has gone up and down a bit through the years. She ate healthy foods, but loved my and my mom's cookies. She would say she ate her lunch so she could have a cookie for ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:32:10 EST Thousands of photos later I just finished going through thousands on my mother-in-laws photos to assemble a collage for her memorial. It turned out pretty well. At least my husband, his brother and sister, one of our nephews and both of my children like it. I think it reflects her life pretty well, which isn't easy since her life covered 101.5 years! What great memories of a really awesome lady! Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:53:58 EST Only A Birthday Card? My dear husband's birthday is tomorrow. Before he flew home a few days ago I gave him a card that he tucked away to open at home. His mom was in the hospital since mid-December and we came to visit a few weeks ago. She so wanted to come home, but needed 24 hour care and hospice assistance. When he, his brother and sister couldn't decide on a care agency I volunteered to be her 24 hour care giver. I told hime I probably wouldn't have time to shop for a gift for him this year. He said taki... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:54:53 EST Peace amid the storm With so much to accomplish before my mother-in-law's memorial next week, I really cherish these moments of calm when I am alone in her house between errands or in the late evening and early morning hours. Some of that time I get to spend here. Thank you Spark friends for being here. You are the best! It will be good to get home and into my own routine, but for now time with you is often my home away from home. One drawback is I don't think the scale here is correct. It will be good to g... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:49:59 EST Gotta get back on track I was caring for my mom-in-law in her home with hospice help. She died yesterday morning. It was exhausting to care for her. Now the energy is different, but so many details. Spent nearly 5 hours at the mortuary today with her daughter, son and other daughter-in-law. <BR> <BR> With all that has gone on, I've been eating very sporadically and exercise has not been what it should be. I resolve to get in my 10,000+ steps each day again beginning tomorrow. Exercise always calms and stren... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:20:46 EST Mother-in-law care I have offered t care for my mother-in-law in her home until she dies. It's hard to be so far from my husband again, but I can most easily make myself available. She doesn't want wheel chair or hospital bed. She definitely doesn't want hospice. I strongly believe she needs all three. She is in rehab an could be released today or tomorrow. Home care agencies charge so much. Plus, she won't know them. please pray we all make good decisions in this. <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 05:02:46 EST She has been a great inspiration... My mom-in-law has always been a tiny thing. Golf, riding her bike, and walking were her favorite activities. She played tennis before I knew her and loved to dance. She gave up her bike around 90. Had to stop walking last year at 101. She got sick a couple weeks ago and struggles to breathe a bit. She's tired and ready to go be with departed family and friends. I believe she is going on hospice soon and will get to go home as long as she agrees to have someone there with her. She's fi... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:00:26 EST Mom-in-law down She's so sweet. She's in rehab recovering from infection and breathing struggles. She fell on Christmas when up to bathroom without ringing for the nurse. Very independent. She didn't want us to visit right now during the holiday rush. We will fly out for a few days in January. She used to be a real challenge to me. She has mellowed and so have I. We pray she will be well enough to visit. Did I mention she is 101 years old?!?!?! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:26:48 EST Back on track After a brief lapse, I am back on track to maintain my weight through holidays and into the New Year. I've actually lost a pound since Thanksgiving. If I can continue to stay the course I will be thrilled not to have weight loss as a resolution for the New Year! But, I know how easily I can slip up at any time. I know that making healthy choices about diet and exercise have to be life long strategies. But, I also know that this means one day at a time, one choice at a time. My latest ha... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:42:48 EST Cheat day? I just wrote this blog and it disappeared so will try again. I've never really had cheat day, but now and then I have a day or two when I really fall off my healthy eating regime. Today has been one of those. Suffice it to say I've binged on Christmas toffee, potato chips and movie popcorn. I feel yucky and will likely not come close to something like this until sometime in January. Never-the-less, I'm kicking myself for dealing with many large and small stresses today by hurting myself... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:31:12 EST Drained... I am feeling completely drained - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There have been a lot of connections who all at once have huge challenges and want my support and help. I'm always happy to oblige, but I don't think I've ever gotten to this point before. Then, of course, I have many family, friend and colleague gatherings and events to attend, plan, host because it is Christmas season. I know I will snap back soon, but for today I'm letting myself lay low at home. Feel... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:32:05 EST Sometimes it's really easy to eat very little! I've been to some wonderful events with amazing food that I would love to eat every bite of. I try not to eat it all, however, regardless of how much I paid to attend. <BR> However, today I was reminded that some catered events make leaving food on the plate an easy decision. We started with a pretty good salad that I nearly finished with very little dressing added. The entree was terrible turkey, with lousy gravy, mashed potatoes like paste and over cooked green beans. Even the dressing... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:00:22 EST Prayers for two young children One of my Stephen Ministry care receivers will attend the funeral for her ex-daughter-in-law today. The challenges of several years battling cancer finally took the life of the young mother and begins a new chapter in the lives of her two young children. The older one, an 8-year-old girl is the granddaughter of my care receiver. Her dad hass just recently become the dad this child has needed. We believe he is ready to raise his daughter with the help of his parents and other caring friend... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:30:33 EST Party, party, party! Every evening this week I have a dinner or Christmas event. I have multiple events most days, too. I will make healthy choices and accomplish the things I need to do along the way. I love, love, love this time of year! Enjoy!!! <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>106</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:55:01 EST Wrapped and Ready??? The gifts are wrapped. Some are under the tree. Some are on a tree. Some are wrapped to take to the post office tomorrow. And some are in the oven now. I'll be baking about 50 pumpkin loaves to be included in church baskets for the needy, to share with friends, colleagues, and my Stephen Ministry care receivers. I may send some off to family members, too - especially to my mother-in-law who at 101 still enjoys the cookies and things I send her way. She lives alone at home and always en... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:25:01 EST December fun I'm so looking forward to walking in town one evening soon. I always love the lights, the window decorations (Especially the Macy's candy windows), listen to the carolers and maybe do a little more shopping. It is such a festive time of year to join with the merry makers! Today I finished wrapping the gifts already purchased. I have just a few more to finish up before I can get it all to the Post Office. Then, I've got to get going on Christmas cards. I love it all!!! <BR> Merry Christm... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:23:52 EST Snow and Ice These are not my favorite things! I have a full day of meetings and events and appointments tomorrow, so the snowy forecast is also not my favorite. Still, It is a beautiful time of year. Perhaps I'll finally get to doing Christmas cards before the week is snow or ice in my home, thankfully. <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:58:24 EST Christmas Preparations.....I'm behind I've never been so far behind in Christmas shopping and decorating as this year. I can remember having shopping finished in August, cards ready to send before Thanksgiving and in the mail right after, and decorating finished the day after Thanksgiving. This year I'm a mess. I've taken on a few too many responsibilities and not accomplishing all I would. I decorated less. I'm shopping simpler. I will get to the cards this week. Somehow I know these things are not nearly as important as ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:18:16 EST Thanksgiving prep... My daughter is bringing some of the things that I most like to make for Thanksgiving - rolls, pies, family layered gelatin 'salad'. But, I'm having fun seasoning a lot of bread for dressing, have a 25 pound fresh turkey ready to go and have another family tradition broccoli casserole to make along with mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and gravy. Today I'm making the cranberry sauce and doing some cleaning. I love this holiday, and hope to really pick and choose what appetizers and ... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:33:16 EST Leslie Sansone: Just Walk Today, I began using a video I won during the Fall 5% Challenge. Leslie Samson's Walking Off the Pounds is so easy to follow and I felt I got a good workout. It is the first walking video I've tried. There are three different mile workouts. I just did one of them as had already walked outdoors today and could really feel it as the first mile routine was finishing. I was pleasantly surprised that it focussed on legs, arms and some core as well. There's a bonus section for Healthy Abs and... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:21:48 EST More challenges to come... I finished the fall 5% challenge just short of my goal. I made that goal today...a day late. But, I'm excited to maintain my loss through the New Year when I can start the Winter 5% Challenge. I hope you consider this challenge if you anticipate a weight loss goal in the coming year. These challenges are so encouraging and truly celebrate success along the way. Not all successes will be scale related. Some may be related to exercise, sleep, stairs, and more. Come join the fun!!! See y... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:27:18 EST Very little exercise today Spent most of the day doing a needlework project. I was too sick to do much else. I did get in a walk waiting for grandson to compete at a swim meet. After doing more than 20,000 steps earlier this week, today I couldn't make 10,000. Tomorrow will be better. Wonder how this bug will affect my weigh in tomorrow - the last of our Fall 5% challenge. I think I'm close, but pretty sure I won't quite get there. Maybe I can do better for the winter challenge that begins in January. It is an ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:34:41 EST Below par but still kicking.. I've been fighting a UTI since last Saturday. Despite my best efforts at washing it out without getting a doctor involved, I failed. So got an antibiotic today and hoping to feel less like a dizzy dame who can barely keep her eyes open. <BR> I did get most of my Thanksgiving dinner ingredients today from a couple stores and got down to watch one of our grandsons compete in a swim meet. Only was up to watching his first event, so was thrilled that he won by a big margin, more than 10 seco... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:30:43 EST What I Learned While the Grandkids were Here! It was an amazingly fun and often challenging five days. <BR> <em>386</em> I can exercise a lot each day. <BR> <em>102</em> I can get to sleep quickly when I'm truly tired. <BR> <em>594</em> I can keep going when I think I might not be able. <BR> <em>595</em> I can easily get in touch with my inner child with a little encouragement from the kids. <BR> <em>591</em> My husband and I can get all the kids to all of their activities, including school, for 5 days on less than 2 tan... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:06:34 EST This training is getting harder and harder... This morning I walked hills around my granddaughters school. This afternoon I walked/jogged those same hills for a total of about 8 miles. In between I got to help with a Thanksgiving dinner at a senior center where we served about 175 people. My feet are tired, but it was a good day. We took our grandkids home tonight and I think I'm going to bed very soon. Five days of taking care of those three just about took care of us, I think. What a blessing! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:56:24 EST Too much driving... Today our three grandkids went back to school. DH and I divided the duty so we could get the kids to their various starts and stops of school as well as to their various activities after that are far apart and everything is pretty far from where we live. Then I had a lunch meeting in a completely different direction that took me another 50 miles each way. I drove about 7 hours today so didn't get in nearly as much walking as I prefer. Still, I sneaked it in as I waited for one of the kids... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:41:57 EST A tough, but fun day! Today our youngest local granddaughter, age 6, wanted to go to church with me so she could go to our Sunday School class. She loves the teacher and the teacher loves her so whenever we are babysitting at our house she is eager to get ready early enough to walk over with me. We collected fall leaves on our walk home and did leaf tracings. She made a beautiful card for her parents when they get home Tuesday night. After lunch we trekked over to the arena for Disney on Ice: Passport to Adven... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:37:39 EST Enjoying the grandkids! Having such fun with our grandkids for a few days. Yesterday it was tae kwon do and dinner and some play time. Today it was the zoo, decorating gingerbread houses, movie (Trolls) and a quick dinner out, trip to the grocery store and home. I walked just over 8 miles and I feel every one of them. lol <BR> <BR> This is the last week of the Fall 5% challenge. Looking forward to the winter challenge that kicks off in January. Come join the fun! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:13:40 EST Grandkids tending For five days beginning a little later today we will take care of our three local grandkids (6,12,13). Hoping to get them to all their activities and school on Monday and Tuesday. Their mom, our daughter, is running the Las Vegas marathon again and her husband has time off so they can make a nice little trip out of it. She has won her last few marathons so we are hoping she will do well this time, too. But, I feel like tending those three kids will be like running a marathon, too. I have... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:00:51 EST I think I can...I think I can I just registered for a Thanksgiving Cold Turkey 6K event. I't a steep mostly uphill trek from home to start. The finish is closer to home and not so steep. But, that means that for me the total distance will be more than 5 miles. I decided to register as a walker and will jog some if I'm able. I'm excited for this as our daughter, son and daughter-in-law are all running races that morning, too. Plus, since the fall challenge will be over by then it will keep me working hard at least th... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:23:06 EST I Won...that brings a smile to my week! Actually, I won three times. I won a drawing for Cloverleaf 5% fall challenge - a cool video. I also just won a raffle prize of gourmet olive oil, aged balsamic, two tea towels, olive oil dispenser, kitchen towel and a gift card for dinner at a fun restaurant. <BR> <BR> I will enjoy all of these prizes. But, my biggest win is that today is a beautiful fall day and I got to walk a couple of times and am about to head out again. My mind and body both win in this one! <BR> <BR> I hope y... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:42:23 EST Active Watching I went to watch my grandson at swim practice and spent the time walking back and forth as he swam. I was high up at the top of the bleachers. Pretty soon our 6 year old granddaughter decided we should play Simon says and that got really active. Then, she wanted to race so we raced back and forth and up and down the stairs while I continued to watch her brother go through his paces. I ended up walking/jogging/climbing for an hour and really revved my heart. My granddaughter said she was g... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 15:08:35 EST First Holiday Goal Achieved! The holidays are officially here. My plan is to lose some weight despite all the temptations that will surely come. But, if I can't lose, I know I can maintain and that will be great, too. I am at a healthy weight, but want to drop a few vanity pounds and inches. I also want to become stronger as I go. My goal for Halloween fun was to eat no more than two pieces of candy while celebrating with our grandkids last night. I did it. I ate two small pieces of Halloween candy. It was a nice... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:59:31 EST Goal for today I have one goal this no more than two pieces of candy as we help at our daughter's house tonight. I bought none so that is good. Actually, I do busy some that my husband and grandkids like, but I don't like it so that is good for me. Have a safe and fun celebration. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:41:47 EST Fitbit back on track...and so am I! While my fitbit wasn't tracking I felt really out of touch with how I was doing. I continued my exercise. I continued my healthy eating. I continued drinking lots of water. I'm pretty sure I did what I intended to do. Yet, I've grown dependent on my tracker to tell me how I am doing hour by hour and day by day. I'm not sure if that is a good thing, but I do know that I am quite relieved to have it working again. I missed my little friend!!! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:18:55 EST Thanks for ideas about fitbit So, as suggested I contacted the company to see if they might replace my broken fitbit. I don't really expect them to. I'd had this one for a couple of years before it stopped tracking and sending data. Still, I think I will replace it once I get a reply. I do miss it keeping me accountable. Today I walked more than 5 miles, but not sure how much more. Guesstimating by time and familiar routes for which I know mileage. It was a beautiful fall day and I felt well enough to move along pr... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:05:18 EST Bye-bye fitbit! My fitbit bit the dust. It stopped sending some of the data a couple weeks ago and struggled to connect to charge. Today it is dead! So sad. I've enjoyed it and will probably replace it pretty soon. Will use other methods to track for awhile and see how I do with staying the course. It is nice to wear my pretty watches again. <BR> <em>24</em> <em>213</em> <em>311</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:48:39 EST Lost day! I had so many things planned for today. Alas, I got hit with a major migraine early and ended up unable to do any of the planned tasks. Now it's too late to get started on much, but so thankful I'm finally feeling much better. I hate wasting a whole day! Time for me to get dinner started. Perhaps dh will want to walk with me this evening. We'll see how he is feeling since he's still not well from his sinus infection. Tis the season. Hoping this isn't an indication of a challenging win... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:17:01 EST Climbing back on track... DH is trying to get over a sinus infection and then he passed a kidney stone this morning (about 60 since he started struggling with this about 40 years ago - at least far less often now). Poor guy is resting today. I've got a little bug. Nothing much, but it has kept me down a bit the last few days. So far this has been a better day. Walking and exercising indoors and not for very long at a time. Soon this will all just be a memory. I'm struggling in a couple fall challenges, but tryi... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:25:27 EST Under the weather Struggling a bit. I find it all too easy to snack on unhealthy fare when I'm sick. Glad it's not a major illness. Should be back on track in a couple of days...I hope. Meanwhile, upping the C and water even higher than usual. Hot tea is the best! <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:39:48 EST