GRANDMA_SANDY48's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMA_SANDY48's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy New Year So a new year has begun. I have been quite good the last couple of days. Weigh in Tuesday. I am drinking more water and intend to keep drinking 2 litres per day. Sitting back watching a show on Stan for the first time. Very good. No advertisements. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:40:09 EST Down 700 grams Can't believe I have lost 700 g over Christmas. Very happy with myself!! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:36:42 EST Saturday's fun I had a sleep in this morning, the pool repairer who fixed our filter and then a visit from our youngest daughter and her husband. We went for a drive to the Coolamon Cheese Factory and had a lovely day. Not sure of tracking but feeling hungry so that is promising. I am down 1 kg. Not too bad. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 02:23:31 EST Last night in Sydney I can't believe my holiday is nearly over. The children and I had a camp out in the lounge room while mum and dad were out for the evening. We watched Hotel Transylvania 2 and had home made pizza. <BR> <BR> I have today with them and fly home late tomorrow, but they will be in school. <BR> <BR> On the absolute straight and narrow from Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> This morning I synced my Garmin with SP so that is a start. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day today. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:47:14 EST Where do I start? I am currently in Sydney with my DD and her DH and children. I am not sure how much I'm weigh and I'm not tracking anything. <BR> <BR> I have been doing much more walking than usual. I also have a Garmin tracker. <BR> <BR> I return home Monday evening. Weigh in Tuesday morning. <BR> <BR> I so need to be more motivated!! Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:09:09 EST Still trying My GP says I need to lose 5 kgs by Christmas. I really need to focus!! Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:52:08 EST I have been away for so long..., I have been away from Sparkpeople for a long time, too long!! I have also been away in our caravan with DH for nearly 6 mths. Too many happy hours. Time to start again. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:30:41 EST I am back, been a while Here it is April and I don't remember when I last blogged or signed into SP .... maybe January? Unsure. <BR> <BR> Why haven't I been here? Who knows! <BR> <BR> I have had another trip to Thailand and Singapore in March with my husband and another couple. We had a really nice time. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my weight and when I was at WW yesterday I gained 1.8 kg. Very disappointed with myself. <BR> <BR> However, I am picking myself up and dusting myself down and I am trac... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:59:13 EST Staying on track So far this year I have stayed on track. I have my WI on Thursday at WW. <BR> <BR> It is so hot here - over 40 degrees celsius - and more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> There is a bush fire about 14 kilometres out of Wagga Wagga and people are being evacuated from there. <BR> <BR> I did some pruning this morning - but it was so, so hot! Watering again this afternoon. The poor lawn and plants! <BR> <BR> I am feeling very tired today - probably the fact that DD and her husband and the 4 and 2 yr old... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:52:13 EST The damage not as bad as I thought ... Hope everyone has enjoyed New Year's Day 2013 <BR> <BR> Weighed myself this morning and have gained 1.9 kgs. Not as bad as it could have been. <BR> <BR> Today I have been on track. Went for a 30 minute walk at our lake with Max (our dog). It was so hot. I walked for 15 mins and then turned around and came back. DD and her friend ran around - I think it is either 5 or 7 klms - not for me at this stage and the time. We were going for 36 ish today - very hot. I jumped in the pool when I ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:55:44 EST Happy New Year everyone We have arrived back in Wagga Wagga safely and our youngest daughter picked Max up from the kennels. She came here yesterday from the Central Coast where she came to see us. She lives in Sydney and will go home Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Our eldest daughter came to visit yesterday to the coast and she will arrive here Wednesday on her way to Melbourne with her DH and 2 children, and will catch up with her nieces/my grand daughters there. <BR> <BR> I am having wine at the moment and will probabl... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 03:49:07 EST Walked again today While I am not tracking food, I have been consistent with my walking - another 30 minute walk today. I am struggling with it, but I am doing it! <BR> <BR> Food - not tracking <BR> <BR> Weight - who knows - Tuesday morning will tell on my scales, Thursday is WI at WW! <BR> <BR> What I have been doing - Happy with progress here at Mum's house. Wardrobes dismantled and on the street. Tv's and Video recorders were put out on the street - gone this morning LOL Will phone the council to pick... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:10:41 EST 3 days in a row walking ... Yesterday I decided to go for a walk before I started working. I managed half an hour. So my total is 1 hour Wednesday, 20 mins Thursday and 30 minutes yesterday. Proud of myself for doing this. <BR> <BR> We worked so hard yesterday and then went out for dinner, then a drive and then ti visit my father's grave at the Cenataph here in Toukley. it was a lovely might. <BR> <BR> My youngest daughter is here. Her partner is coming today and we are dismantling a big wardrobe. I have boxed up... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:22:02 EST Central Coast of NSW We arrived today to my Mum's house. Had a kick back day, then I started to clean out one wardrobe. DH is stressing about cleaning the house out! GRRRR <BR> <BR> It is a work in progress. I am having it painted at the end of January and so he thinks everything has to be done in the next 3 days!!! <BR> <BR> What needs to be done is the wardrobes and wall unit cleaned out so that they can be moved away from the walls! <BR> <BR> My darling youngest daughter is coming up from Sydney tomorrow ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:16:09 EST Merry Christmas everyone Merry Christmas to you all. I am at my DD's house and had a wonderful Christmas with the grandchildren and their Santa surprises. Awesome. <BR> <BR> Tracking - nil <BR> Exercise - very little <BR> Food - lots <BR> <BR> No scales with me - so I don't have any idea how I am going but I will be home on New Year's Eve and hopefully back on track then. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Sandy Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:25:34 EST I have fallen off the wagon so badly! This is my tale of woe. I gained 2.7 kgs in the fortnight before, and gained another .9 this week. So bad. So out of control with eating, <BR> <BR> What am I going to do? <BR> <BR> Have Christmas and get back on track. <BR> <BR> That is what I am going to do. <BR> <BR> Have a great Christmas everyone. I will be away from home but will have Christmas with my 2 daughters and families in Sydney. When we get home, will have a celebration with my 2 sons and their families. <BR> <BR> Take... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:30:19 EST Been a while .... sorry Sorry for being missing in action. Lots happening. <BR> <BR> I now have my CPAP machine and am getting used to it and feeling as though I have much more energy. Been up since 4 am this morning LOL <BR> <BR> Re my back problem - I had 5 injections in my back yesterday, the first 2 were local anaesthetic, thank goodness! Felt fairly fragile last night, but had a good night's sleep - could roll over in bed without pain, so that was good. <BR> <BR> A bit sore today - probably too much sitti... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 03:53:33 EST Wednesday and reporting in! Sorry for being missing on the boards. Lots happening. <BR> <BR> I went to the sleep specialist Friday - I have sleep apnea - back into hospital on last Sunday night, wired up again and testing a mask. Appointment tomorrow to organise hiring the CPAP machine and a mask - back to that specialist 21 December. <BR> <BR> Off to Albury today to see back surgeon - have to have another cortisone injection in my spine, and if that doesn't work, surgery on L3, L4 - not as big a surgery as before o... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 05:10:36 EST I am home I arrived home on Sunday afternoon - exhausted! <BR> <BR> My trip was good - Legally Blonde was awesome, 4 yr old's ballet recital was just too gorgeous and precious! <BR> <BR> I did heaps of work up at my Mum's house - and now waiting on a real estate agent to check the house out and see if it is viable as a holiday rental. If this is ok - then off I go and get the place renovated! Otherwise, fixed up for full time rental or sell it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment to have a... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:58:37 EST OOPS .... missing in action LOL Hi all <BR> Thanks for the kind words re my last blog. I have my injection next Monday under ultrasound, so here's hoping. <BR> <BR> In the meantime.... <BR> <BR> I lost .7 last week at WW in my weight in which was good. <BR> <BR> I have been to see Legally Blonde with my 2 girls last Saturday night with dinner at Crinitti's at Darling Harbour - Italian - beautiful meal. Legally Blonde was amazing, I so enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I have been up to my Mum's house - very sad state of repair an... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:19:03 EST Friday night and results of bone scan I went to the doctor this morning. I have Bursitis in both hips. The right hip is the worst and I will be having a cortisone injection in that hip first. This will be done during an ultrasound and I am waiting on the nurse to phone me with an appointment time. <BR> <BR> I also have to make an appointment with the surgeon who did my previous back surgery for his opinion on my back. <BR> <BR> The good news is that while there is some arthritis in both hips, I will not need hip replacements... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:11:13 EST Sunday evening and taking stock of what I need to do Hi all <BR> <BR> Well on Friday I spat the dummy with myself and the pain, phoned the doctor and was able to get into my own doctor at 11.45 am! Miracle! I told her that I was over all the pain I was experiencing in my back and hip. She agreed and sent me for a bone scan which will show up what is wrong with my hip and of course my back ... and we know what the problem is there. <BR> <BR> She wanted to give me stronger pain killers but that meant maybe I couldn't drive - so as I said to ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 04:45:59 EST I survived! LOL What an adventure! I was restless waiting to go at 8 pm last night. The time finally arrived to leave (only takes 5 or so minutes to get there LOL). Wagga Wagga is not a huge town to get around! <BR> <BR> So off I went with my bag and everything on the list and checked in. Just sign here please and that is it! What about the print out of all my medications and the paperwork, I thought to myself! They might need it when we get to the room. No. Oh well, my medication in its original packa... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:00:31 EST Tonight has finally arrived! I am sitting here waiting to leave for hospital. Showered and hair washed, dressed and bag packed. I can't go until 8pm to check into the hospital and I leave around 6.45 am tomorrow morning. This is the awaited sleep over for the sleep test. <BR> <BR> It is cold here and I hope the hospital is well heated in this unseasonable weather. It should be. <BR> <BR> I seem to have been missing in action. I think it is around 10 days since I blogged. <BR> <BR> In that that I had a loss both w... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:27:30 EST I lost weight! I jumped on the scales yesterday and I was 1.9 kgs down. Very pleased with this. <BR> <BR> I have stayed on track since I have been home, then I had wine last night! Why? Who knows. I didnt drink while I had the grandchildren. Oh well, back on track today. <BR> <BR> I took Max for a 15 minute walk yesterday and went for a walk with the 'girls' today for about 20 mins. I have been keeping up with my water and have tracked my food. <BR> <BR> All pretty good. <BR> <BR> I go to WW on Thur... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 06:19:04 EST Home and planning We arrived home safely and unpacked and I was on the spare bed by 1.30 pm, with a mink blanket over me and the electric blanket on under me! I was so cold. The weather here is much colder than it has been in Sydney. <BR> <BR> DH had the AFL grand final on the TV and I couldn't stand the noise, hence the spare room. I surfaced just before I obviously needed the sleep! <BR> <BR> Which brings me to what I need to do as of right now. Look after me! <BR> <BR> I am currently in the ob... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 05:55:55 EST On way home Where did the week go? <BR> <BR> I left home a week ago yesterday and now we are travelling the Hume Highway back to Wagga Wagga and a normal? Life! LOL <BR> <BR> The grandchildren were great, no crying for mum and dad and the 2 yr old didn't get sick. He has had a few problems with high temps and infections. But....tired. I am exhausted. They are full on, well the 2 yr old is! He has a sleep every day which is a break, and they both go to Ed reasonably well. The mornings.... Anything fro... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:02:43 EST Grandma, Miss Ruby and Master Bailey Well, here it is after 8 pm Sunday evening - DD and DSIL have arrived in Fiji - both children bathed and asleep! Woo too. <BR> <BR> The BBQ went off well, we all had a great time. The look on my son in law's face when he was given the tickets in the morning, was priceless He had no idea. This has been a very well kept secret - starting last December! <BR> <BR> They left this morning just before 9.30 am. The kids have been great .... a little mishap after dinner - Bailey was accidentally... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:25:12 EST Made it to Sydney and I have internet access We arrived after a late start. I saw the sleep specialist and the long and short of it is that I have a night in hospital on 12 October and get wired up and then get the results a month later. I was given the forms and put them in, the specialist was late taking me in, but we got here a bit before 3 pm .... so that was good. <BR> <BR> I brought an internet stick with me - and have access in part of the house with it! LOL <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the bbq lunch and party for about 40 people...... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:02:04 EST A gain this week ... but not too bad! I had my WI this morning at WW and gained 1.4 kgs. I am quite happy with that - nearly 4 weeks away travelling and eating and drinking at hotels and resorts and on planes. <BR> <BR> I will get that off ASAP. <BR> <BR> Started packing for tomorrow's trip to Sydney. <BR> <BR> Not sure of internet - will have to use my phone as a personal hotspot as I don't think the internet has been connected at DD's new house! <BR> <BR> If I am absent .... I have no service and will blog in just over a w... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:00:45 EST On track today Another sleep in. Phone call at around 9 am- I was dozing! It was my WW buddy. After a catch up chat, I asked her if she was walking today. Yes was the reply! So we met at 11 am for a 30 minute walk. We had coffee at her house, but I refused a biscuit! <BR> <BR> So far today I am on track with food, so I am hoping that my WI tomorrow at WW will be good! <BR> <BR> I went out into the garden this afternoon and pulled out a huge amount of the kikuyu grass that had overrun the garden. I st... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:26:08 EST Tuesday at home After a bad night's sleep - went to bed too early, then couldn't sleep so I got up and checked emails and SP etc., then went back to bed - I had a sleep in. <BR> <BR> Up and had breakfast, and a tidy up, then out into the garden. It rained, so in I came. Then it was fine, so out I went and did a few hours. <BR> <BR> I was exhausted, and came in and had a soak in the bath, then a rest. <BR> <BR> Now we are going over to my second eldest son's house for BBQ. <BR> <BR> I am so cold! I... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:32:10 EST Hello from Raffles, Singapore Well here we are, last night in Singapore and where else would you stay but Raffles. LOL <BR> <BR> Awesome day and evening, left the Novotel and came to Raffles. Gin slings and nibblies, then a walk around the shops, looked on Tiffany's. DD tried on some engagement rings....nothing happened though! Her partner did buy her a Louis Vuitton handbag - not a fake! <BR> <BR> We had champagne at $40 a glass in the lomg bar, high tea, more shopping, played Euchre and then I had a gorgeous bath, ru... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:50:45 EST Arrived Singapore We all arrived safely in Singapore and for the most part are all well! <BR> <BR> Singapore is a beautiful city and today I managed to get over 14,000 steps in which is awesome. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the kind comments on my last blog entry. <BR> <BR> Despite the sickness, we are enjoying ourselves but are really enjoying Singapore. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will go to the night zoo which should be great. More details on my travel blog. <BR> <BR> Off to travel blog, spark and then sl... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:34:08 EST All over stomach bugs The bug got us all in the end, but everyone is well now. We leave for Singapore this afternoon. I am blogging after midnight. Better get to sleep. <em>102</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:42:51 EST Stomach bug!!! The kids arrived yesterday, but we ended back in our room after a drink or 2. Didn't feel well enough to wait. They arrived and said hello, then we met up for breakfast yesterday morning. We went into Patong for a shop and a massage, after a morning swim. DH didn't come for the swim as he was feeling sick but came with us into town. <BR> <BR> We came back to meet the tour guide to make our arrangements, then up to theVanilla Sky Bar for drinks before dinner. I didn't drink any alcohol all d... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:23:42 EST Saturday 1 September DH turns 66 today. We both have the 'runs'. Taking tablets <BR> <BR> We move from Patong beach to Kamala beach and the Cape Sienna Resort. <BR> <BR> Daughter and the crew arrive tonight Woo hoo. Hope we are feeling better. <BR> <BR> We are on day 12 today... Going fast <BR> <BR> Cheers from Sandy <BR> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:46:54 EST Another rainy day at Patong beach! Rain, rain go away LOL. <BR> <BR> We are having a relaxing time, not doing much. DH has a tummy bug so we are laying low and staying close to home. I went for a 20 min walk along the beach with my waterproof camera and an umbrella which I had to use on the way back. <BR> <BR> A swim maybe this afternoon in the pool, depending on the rain. <BR> <BR> Food...eating lots for breakfast, no lunch or dinner yesterday except for some cashews and wine mid afternoon. <BR> <BR> Today...we shall... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:42:33 EST Enjoying myself Having a great time. Had to change mt blog address. This one is working better on the iPad. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating....just trying to eat until I am satisfied and walking as I can! Lol <BR> <BR> Drinking plenty of bottled water and using bottled water to clean my teeth! <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Sandy Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:38:23 EST Thursday in Phuket, Thailand We have arrived! <BR> <BR> I tried journalling whar I ate and that lasted less than a day! Having said that, wecare now settled and more on control of food choices here at the resort. I am doing my best! We just went for a walk and bought a liter of water which I have started to drink and when the shop across the road opens at 1 pm....Lol.... We are going to buy quite a few liter bottles. No drinking of the water here or even cleaning your teeth in it! <BR> <BR> DH is quite amused at th... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:42:37 EST Monday morning, packing today, eating out of pantry, fridge! Well, the weekend is over, it is Monday morning and I have to be ready to fly to Sydney early tomorrow morning! <BR> <BR> I have an appointment at the hairdresser for cut and foils, then a bone density scan at 12 noon. A few things from the shops and then I really must pack! <BR> <BR> We are taking Max's kennel over to my son's house along with some food and new toys for him and Rocco (their dog)! <BR> <BR> The weekend was good, I managed to get to all 3 soccer games over the 2 days, f... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:43:45 EST Good news, bad news, good news today I had a lovely day today. Thursday is my WI day with WW and I go with my friend. Today I lost .7 kg. Happy with that. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My friend and I then met another friend and we had lunch, did some shopping and then had afternoon tea. Then it was off to look at a nursery and I managed to purchase some little plants called Cuphea - 3 different colours. I think they are old fashioned and I have some, but have a gap where a couple died - so I have some to replace now. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:08:45 EST On track today, getting ready to get organised and packed for our trip! I have been on track today - and will stay on track the rest of today! <BR> <BR> I just picked up my gorgeous Max from the Vet - he has had his injections, check up, worming, etc. and has had a wash and a tidy up ... over $300 worth - but he is worth every penny, and is set to go to my son's house while we go away. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Max looking very beautiful! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:18:35 EST WI yesterday and grandchildren today... I had my WI yesterday and gained .1 kg. Not so bad in the big scheme of things. Could have been worse I suppose! <BR> <BR> We went out for lunch after WW and did some shopping. We must have shopped and walked because my pedometer showed I did over 10,000 steps! <BR> <BR> I bought DH an iPad 2 which I gave to him last night. His birthday is while we are away, and father's day ... so early present. This will save him taking my iPad all the time! <BR> <BR> I went to the nurse yesterday fo... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:33:49 EST Wednesday and all on track I survived today and have kept on track. Dinner was ok at the pub - I had chicken tenders wrapped in bacon with veggies and a couple of chips. Tracked the rest of the day. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I had my appointment with the eye specialist - good news. The pressures in my eyes are down from 26 to 20 with the drops. I don't need to go back for 6 months, when I will have another field test. Very happy with the results. <BR> <BR> I remade the beds for my daughter and grandchildren coming ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 07:27:00 EST Monday/Tuesday's events and thoughts Yesterday I spent quite a few hours in the garden and spread 3 bales of sugar cane mulch and weeded a couple of beds. Very happy with the results. <BR> <BR> I had an hour and a half remedial massage - boy was I sensitive - so sore to touch all over, but the massage was great and I feel heaps better for it today - which is <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Off to the doctor in the afternoon (yesterday) to get a letter stating what medication I am taking and some scripts I need. Blood pressu... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 05:55:39 EST Saturday night and 3 grandchildren having a sleepover! It is quiet on the home front now! DH was first into bed, then the 14 yr old, then the 13 yr old and last but not least the 8 yr old. <BR> <BR> We made Pizza's for dinner - which was a great idea, as the three grandchildren have very different tastes - particularly the youngest who is a cousin to the other two! It was lovely, and the kids enjoyed each other's company. <BR> <BR> There was a big Mario Bros tournament happening on the Wii early in the evening! <BR> <BR> The day started wit... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 09:18:08 EST I lost weight this week! Woo hoo! Well, well ,well! I lost 1.6 kgs this week <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Don't know why or how but I did and I am happy with the loss. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My mum had a comfortable night and her temperature is down. I was very upset last night and actually was crying. I suddenly realised that I might lose her. I know her life is awful, Alzheimer's is a dreadful disease, she is bedridden and while I know she thinks I am someone nice, I actually don't think she knows I am her daughter. But she ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:41:18 EST Home yesterday and back on track today The trip home was uneventful. I stared to get a bit tired when I was nearly home, but nothing like the trip up on Sunday. However, I made very bad food choices on the way home and when I got home! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and fiddled around, then off to Pilates. This time there were three of us in the class and I had a go on the machine as well as the ball. <BR> <BR> I had a call from the doctor last night - mum (almost 91 withvAlzheimers) has a chest infection. I w... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:41:49 EST I made it to Sydney on Sunday After a bad night's sleep Saturday night - up for quite a few hours in the early hours of the morning, alarm went off at 5.30 am and I packed, and paid some of our accounts, transferred some money etc, etc., packed up my music and all the church bigs and pieces into the car, my bags and bits and pieces. I had breakfast and was dressed in my 'finery' LOL and still had some spare time - so I carefully pruned some roses so that I didn't cut myself or get dirty before church. <BR> <BR> After t... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:08:45 EST