GRANDMASHOUSE's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMASHOUSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Breath. Precious breath. On the 26th of August I went to my doctor's office for a 'routine' colonoscopy. I woke up in the Emergency Room. I had stopped breathing during the procedure. I was admitted to the hospital for testing. <BR> <BR> The tests revealed that I had COPD. What a lifestyle change that brings! <BR> <BR> So I am now in search of an active group that will support me in my journey to better breathing and better health. <BR> <BR> Are you out there? <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:59:32 EST My Word for 2012 This little exercise has been inspired by a story I read in this month's Guidepost magazine. <BR> <BR> My word for 2012 - LOVE. I will concentrate on this word for the entire year. It doesn't sound so difficult, does it? But, really, for me it is. I become too quick to get upset when other people throw a monkey-wrench into my plans, or somebody on the road is not driving the way I expect them to be driving (just a couple of examples). My head and my attitude are not very loving and forgiving... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:35:21 EST Thank you, Spark People! Here's a message that I wrote today in response to one of Spark Guy's Blogs: <BR> <BR> "Chris: <BR> <BR> I want you to know that I am so grateful for all of the support that you, your team, and all the lovely people here at Spark People have given me over the past two months. <BR> <BR> My story: <BR> I am a 60-year-old lady. Both my husband and my mother never made it to see their 60th birthday. I spent the past five years in fear that I would follow their 'lead', so to speak. The fear was... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:40:07 EST Two Months Down and a Lifetime to Go! I live on a lake. It's summertime. All around the lake are summer cottages. There's not one public beach anywhere on the lake. But, summer cottages bring summer people. They're all over the place - walking, jogging, riding their bikes. So much energy! <BR> <BR> It's been two months since I arrived here. Yes, my energy level has improved, but I am nowhere near the level of these summer people! I look at them as they stroll, bike, or run by my house and think - 'just wait until this ti... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 13:07:37 EST Still Learning Every Day It's the last day of June, 2011. I've been a member here since the 11th day of May 2011. Six weeks? Seven weeks? The length of time doesn't really matter that much to me. What matters is to see a steady improvement, no matter how long it takes. <BR> <BR> My main goal is to lower my Blood Pressure numbers. On May 11th, at an impromptu Blood Pressure screening, it was discovered that my BP was 182/96 - way bad! That evening, I decided to stop using the salt shaker (forever?) and to drin... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:25:17 EST Weekend Planning for the Next Week's Adventures It's Saturday. It's cold and wet in my neck of the woods today. It seems like June has been as cold and chilly and rainy as was April! It's a very good day to just sit, sit, sit, sit. <BR> <BR> I've been a Sparker now for about 6 or seven weeks. I was gung-ho in the beginning, as I'm sure most new members are, but the past couple of days have been hit-or-miss as far as tracking goes, and I've even neglected to do my Login Spin! Heavens! <BR> <BR> Mostly the tracking for me was discoura... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:16:06 EST What Trouble Can I Get Into Today? Ooohhh .... I'm feeling a bit devilish today. Most of the family is out of the house for a good portion on the day, and I'm wondering what kind of trouble I can get into all by myself. I feel like a puppy who's been left alone. Tee hee! <BR> <BR> But, I guess I'll just take the opportunity to catch up on my laundry, change my bed sheets, pull a few weeds (maybe), and plan out my course of action for the week that's ahead. Ah! So boring! But needed activities. <BR> <BR> It's so hard be... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:27:13 EST I Am NOT 'Elderly'! This term, 'elderly', is something that came right up and slapped me in the face. It was a month ago ... a few days before I joined Spark People. I was sitting in a training session for Meals On Wheels. I had been appointed Volunteer Coordinator for our small town, so I was attending the session to learn more about my role. <BR> <BR> I opened the training booklet to the first page. There it was, staring right at me: "Meals On Wheels are available to elderly people (age 60+) ..." <BR> <... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:29:53 EST Three Steps Forward and One Step Back I'm learning. Hopefully, I'll always be learning. So far I've learned how much water I need to drink during the day, how much exercise I can do before I start to hurt myself, and that I really feel better when I eat the recommend amounts of fresh fruits and veggies during the day. Those are my three steps forward. <BR> <BR> My one step back - well, that would have to be weekends! I really didn't do well this weekend. It was a combination of coming down with a spring cold, and not drinki... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:48:41 EST My No Blog Blog (I) LOL! <BR> I couldn't think of a title to give this blog today, because I don't know where my thoughts will take me, so I'm calling it a no-blog blog. I know. It sounds silly. <BR> <BR> It's chilly here in New Hampshire today. This is a far cry from the oppressively hot and humid weather we had on Wednesday that caused all of those tornadoes in Massachusetts. I still have not heard from one of my good friends who resides in Springfield. My fingers are crossed and I've been praying that ... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 11:22:34 EST Pushing Myself Today We enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing, and thankful weekend. Now, it's back to the daily Do-s! <BR> <BR> I'm pushing myself with the exercise today because I've been slowly building up my stamina while slowly boosting my calorie intake. Ouch! Well, today anyway - ouch! <BR> <BR> So far I've done my Beginner Strength exercises (most of them), spent 15 minutes with the Wii Fit (Beginner as well) and I've walked up and down the stairs here at home eight times. Usually, once I am downstairs, I... Tue, 31 May 2011 15:49:54 EST Discouraged - But Not For Long I am discouraged this morning. But I shouldn't be. My brain tells me that I've only just begun. My body, however, speaks a different message. <BR> <BR> Brain: Well, you've been with Spark People for just nineteen days. It doesn't happen overnight. Gains take time, and new habits can take weeks to form. <BR> <BR> Body: Yeah. That might be true. But look at the scale! You've lost another two pounds! Weren't you trying to gain a few pounds? <BR> <BR> Brain: Yes. Healthy weight ga... Mon, 30 May 2011 11:30:42 EST Memorial Day Sunday, 05/29/2011 <img src=""> <BR> This photo is a tribute to my late husband, Sergeant First Class David Lee Fulford, US Army. I thought it fitting on this day to post this tribute, composed and photographed by our eldest daughter. David served over 20 years in service to his country, including four tours in Vietnam. Thank you, David, for your service, your dedication, and your commitment. <BR> <BR> Thank you, too, everyone currently in uniform, t... Sun, 29 May 2011 12:15:53 EST Finally! Fantastic Friday!!! Oh my goodness! It has been an eye-opening week, for sure. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am not eating enough to even maintain my present weight of 117 lbs. No wonder I have no energy! I came here to Spark People to GAIN weight, but gain it in a healthy manner. And, I've finally worked out a Healthy Heart Nutrition Plan that will work for me. The plan contains a whole lot more calories than I thought it would, but I'm determined to stick to it! <BR> <BR> Secondly, I didn't want to exercise... Fri, 27 May 2011 15:10:38 EST Feeling Much Better Today - Thrilling Thursday I know. <BR> I'm posting later than usual today. The morning and early afternoon have been busy hours. I wanted to get the rest of the pantry cleaned out, washed, and re-organized. And, I wanted to do the same to the refrigerator. I accomplished both of these goals today. Now, I know exactly what's in the house for food - and can begin to plan for next week's menu. <BR> <BR> Thanks to someone else's blog today, I learned how to calculate my personal BMR and then use that number to find ... Thu, 26 May 2011 16:53:11 EST So Tired Wednesday! 05/25/2011 I don't know if this is something that happens to everyone after they've been on a healthy program (and stuck to it) for "X" amount of days, but I am overwhelmingly tired today. I've been very conscious about my food and water intake as well as getting in the exercise each day. But today ... oh my! I need a nap! <BR> <BR> I think I will give in to the urge to close my eyes for a bit. <BR> <BR> Later! <BR> --------- <BR> Wed, 25 May 2011 14:15:21 EST Terrific Tuesday - 05/24/2011 What a great day so far! OK - there was the incident of the shouting match between the 4-year-old and the 3-year-old which ended with tears and wails occurring on both sides. But, other than that, and a quick redirection of their attention, the morning has been great! <BR> <BR> The entire Morning Routine has been completed, and the dryer has just buzzed so that I can fold that load of towels and get them put away. The chicken for tonight's dinner is thawing, too. <BR> <BR> My Tuesday Tas... Tue, 24 May 2011 11:28:59 EST Monday - All Over Again 'Tis a dreary Monday morning here. I hope the sun is shining somewhere! Please pray for the people in and around Joplin, Missouri. <BR> <BR> I want to have a good day today. I've built a pretty good base from which to start. But I haven't yet stood upon it today. I've been too busy here at Spark People so far. It's 9:30 am and I've been up for three hours. The adults in the household are off to work, and the little ones are busy coloring at the moment. I still need to get dressed and... Mon, 23 May 2011 09:41:42 EST Sunday, 05/22/2011 Ah! I was able to sleep in until 7 am this morning. Then the cats decided that they were hungry and woke me up. With that being accomplished, I took some time to sit out on the porch with my coffee and simply listen to the birds. All of my favorites were here at the feeder this morning: the White-Throated Sparrow, the Cardinal, the Indigo Bunting, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, and all of the usual suspects (robin, chickadee, and nuthatch). Taking a few minutes in the morning to watch them... Sun, 22 May 2011 08:00:41 EST Saturday, 05/21/2011 It's just 6 am on a dreary, cloudy Saturday morning. I've already been up for two hours, and all I have managed to accomplish is to drink two cups of coffee and complete the grocery list. I was so tired last evening that I went to bed by 8:00 pm and was asleep before 8:30. No wonder I woke up so early!! <BR> <BR> But, here's to another busy and fun-filled Saturday! First - breakfast. Then a quick shower and off to the grocery store. I wonder how many calories I'll burn pushing around a... Sat, 21 May 2011 06:04:27 EST Wednesday, May 18, 2011 I admit it. I've not felt well since late Monday evening. It's just been a queasy stomach thing - nothing serious. <BR> <BR> But now that it's late on Wednesday, I promise that I will get back into the swing of things - tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to be able to get the menu down on paper for next week, and get it all done tomorrow. Even after being here at Spark People for just a short time, I am already feeling healthier and I seem to have more energy. I KNOW my mind is c... Wed, 18 May 2011 19:22:21 EST It's Monday All Over Again It seems that almost everyone in my house is suffering from some sort of spring cold, or spring allergies. The middle granddaughter is home from school, my daughter almost decided to stay home from work, and the grumpy SIL is even more grumpy than normal today. <BR> <BR> I am actually feeling pretty good this morning. As I write, I am enjoying a bowl of oatmeal with sliced bananas and 1/4 cup of blueberries. I didn't think I'd like it, but the flavors together are very nice. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:08:52 EST Hunting and Gathering Day You should probably know that I call grocery shopping 'hunting and gathering'. It's a most appropriate term, as I have to hunt, hunt, hunt for the 'right' kind of healthy foods. Add the minutes spent in hunting to the minutes spent in reading food labels, I can spend a good two hours at a small grocery store! <BR> <BR> But, I'm proud to say that the chore has been completed for this week. My daughter and I had to split the grocery bill, though, as all the items I wanted on our healthy men... Sat, 14 May 2011 15:06:51 EST Friday, 5/13/2011 Oh my! <BR> Friday the 13th! What mischief can I do today? Not that I would, really. <BR> <BR> It's just 9 am where I live. Already the day-care kiddos are fussy and whining over toys and games to play. My stress level is a bit higher today than yesterday, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> So OK. Put the 3-year-old down for a time out nap, even though it's morning. Allow the 4 year old to watch Dora in the other room. There! Problems temporarily solved! <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to work on buil... Fri, 13 May 2011 09:07:17 EST Thursday, May 12, 2011 Why am I so stubborn? Why do I think I will live forever? <BR> <BR> Yesterday's BP screening scared me. No, the BP wasn't high enough to call it HBP, but it was higher than I've ever seen. <BR> <BR> OK. Time to turn to my Spark friends and get things under control. Let's see ... remove the salt shaker, drink more water, try to get more exercise, all of these ideas will help. Now, to turn the the ideas into habits. Thu, 12 May 2011 09:08:40 EST