MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HACK HACK SNURF Maybe it's because I was away from my class all those weeks. After my first week back with my little students I began to get congested; runny nose; coughing. Well, see, my kids are not very good at covering their coughs (like, open mouth HACK, droplets everywhere) or sneezes (same, with bonus of green slime pouring out the nose). And of course they're so happy to see me, they give me hugs and kisses...and they suck their thumbs and get their hands all over really, it was only a matter... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:32:55 EST Attitude Is Everything I'm a "half-full" kind of person. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> received from : <BR> <BR> A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say? <BR> <BR> The BANKER would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets. <BR> <BR> The GOVERNMEN... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:29:28 EST Productive Day Planned <BR> I've been reading in 1 Samuel in the mornings. Then when I went downstairs, I had two of my DD's super-healthy muffins made from home-ground steel-cut oat flour, apples, walnuts and flax (with my coffee...) <em>106</em> <BR> and played several rounds of Words of Wonder on Facebook - I'm stuck on level 400-something, trying to drop 7 quills in the midst of time bombs, falling boulders, ribbons, and slime. Then I did the three Spark seated exercise routines, <em>244</em> - that's 3 ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:06:45 EST A Little Trip to the Park Today I had to take DD to an appointment for my grandson. My granddaughter came along because she's home schooled. We didn't know how long it would take, and rather than pay for parking and waiting around, I drove with my granddaughter to Highland Park. Of course, it's too early for the tulips and daffodils to be in bloom for the most part (although you do see SOME early bloomers that get more sun). But the park itself is very scenic, with it's large old trees - majestic oak and beech, still ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:28:12 EST Better Sore Than Sorry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And really I WAS sore after my successful workout on Saturday. I took Sunday off to recuperate...and then I took Monday off because I was lazy and just didn't feel like it, although I knew I needed to. I really wanted to eat junk, too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But the junkiest thing in the house was cereal (which I ate) - I didn't feel like walking ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:08:39 EST Half Is Better Than None At All <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just finished my second set of 15 minutes of Sweat and Shout <link><BR>OVP5PUU </link> <BR> <BR> I use an online timer. Since I'd gotten so lazy after finishing my PT, I have to get back into this gradually. My new hip is just fine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In fact, what's cool is I got this card that I can show next t... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:45:20 EST Picking Myself Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, no, I didn't literally FALL. I've just fallen off the routine of exercise, and it shows in my weight gain. I've simply gotten lazy. I do miss being able to get on my bike, because that takes care of the weight-bearing problem. <BR> <BR> <BR> My new HIP feels GREAT. It's my opposite knee that's bad, and I have flat feet as well, so even Richard Simmons' low impact stuff wears on me. But I have to do i... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:36:32 EST What Did YOU Have for Breakfast? I love Spark's resources. I don't always take advantage of them, getting lazy from time to time. But today I went to enter my breakfast. <BR> I can type well enough, but not so well that I lift my eyes from the keyboard. So if I make a mistake, or if for some reason - like pop ups - what I'm typing doesn't register (dropping letters is what I call it) I don't notice right away. Well, this morning I went to enter "Everything Bagel" in the search on the calorie tracker, and accidentally put in... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:58:04 EST Big God received from <BR> <BR> <BR> One day on the way home from church a little girl turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning confused me." <BR> <BR> The mother said, "Oh! Why is that? <BR> <BR> The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, that's true," the mother replied. <BR> <BR> "He also said that God lives within us. Is that true too?" <BR> <BR> Again the mother replied, "Yes." <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:52:44 EST Consider It All Joy The other day I was praying that the Lord would draw me closer to Himself. Well, there's nothing like a good tribulation to make one cling to Him! When the SS benefit still did not show in my account by Monday morning, I called, and found out that a letter had been sent negating it - a letter which I never got, so it is past the time to appeal. BUT I've been instructed to include a letter of explanation as to WHY I was late appealing - that I never got the letter advising me of the change. So... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:22:31 EST Greenware Last week I took a drive out to the boonies to pick up some free ceramics from a friend of mine who was closing her business. I got a few pieces that were already cleaned and fired, but I also looked over the greenware to see if there was anything else of interest, mainly for my grandkids, as projects to do over their week off from school next week. After all, video games get old! And they DO like to work in the clay. So I found some cups, and some flat bas-relief kitties (that can be hung as... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:12:58 EST Robin Watch, PT, and PD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While it is also gratifying to see the starlings' bills turn yellow, there is nothing like seeing robins around again. I had to go to PT this morning, so on the way I decided to do a robin count. I saw 6 on the way there, and 3 on the way back. <BR> <BR> Before starting PT, the therapist did a re-evaluation. I was showing definite improvement, and so he asked how I felt about continuing. I already made an appoint... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:42:08 EST Weekend Working Out I had my PT on Tues and Thurs, and I'm telling you, the day after, I feel like this little French Bulldog... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Friday I didn't do any real exercises except for some of the lunge/stretches before going to bed, and most of my moving around entailed taking my DD to the school where I work because one of my bonus grandkids was going to be in the assembly, and there was a "multi-cultural" lunch for staff. <BR> <... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:07:05 EST A Good Report I went for my 6-week follow-up at the surgeon, and he was very impressed that I was walking without cane or walker (and actually I've been doing that since after the second week, using one or the other only when going longer distance or over ice/snow.) I asked about getting my knee done when school is out, so he approved and we set the date for my knee replacement on June 30th! I told him I understood it's a more difficult recovery, but he said, "I don't know, with YOU, considering how well y... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:57:14 EST ARTWORK Today I spent several hours, taking each grandchild in turn into my room to paint their projects which they made during February recess. And when they finished, I put second - sometimes third or fourth coats of underglaze - on the pieces, touching them up. My bonus grandkids hope to give their creations to their mother. I HOPE she will appreciate them! My grandson is adding to his collection of his own version of his beloved Transformers (BumbleBee is the favorite, followed by Optimus Prime) ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:11:31 EST More Working Out Yesterday I had another PT session. A little longer - My therapist (Adam) assigned me to do 8 minutes on the treadmill. Well, he was elsewhere in the "gym" and I was feeling good, had boosted the speed to 1.8 (Tuesday it was 1.6) mph, and I did TEN minutes. I did 2 reps of 15 squats on the machine; did some reps of an exercise that REALLY worked the right leg: I stood on a low raised surface (part of another piece of equipment - just a few inches above floor level.) I was instructed to lower ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:03:27 EST WORK OUT! So, this morning I was out chopping the ice around my van's tires, and was ready to cancel my PT appointment again because I couldn't budge it and my DSIL had to use HIS car for an appointment. BUT, he and DD salted and chipped and got it sprung. I wasn't out long and didn't keep track of how many minutes I was chipping, so I'm just not gonna count it. <BR> <BR> Then off to my PT. And OOOOOOHHH what a workout! He started me with 7 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:02:01 EST BLESSED I am so thankful that I have a good job with a good union with good medical benefits, that paid for my hospital expenses, and also pays me half-pay disability while I'm out of work (since I used up all my sick days.) I am thankful that I had a good tax return as well, and that I will be receiving some social security survivor benefits starting the end of this month - so I will be able to keep up with my bills and even save towards doing all the paperwork and bringing Levi up here (hopefully i... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:47:50 EST Changing It Up I am SO-O-O grateful for the resources available via internet! <BR> <BR> While still working at my previous school, during breaks I would get to a room with computers and very little traffic, and find different cardio routines. On the individual computer I could mark my favorites so I could return to them. <BR> <BR> Well, the weather still isn't conducive to doing any outdoor activity besides snow shoveling (and I don't think it would be wise for me to tackle THAT). So today for a change f... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:55:46 EST Frustrated I was all set. I'd showered, washing my hair. I'd called Supercuts. My DSIL pulled the Impala out of the driveway and I got into the van and started it up. <BR> <BR> It wouldn't budge. <BR> <BR> Apparently when he backed it farther in for me on Wednesday so I wouldn't have to deal with trying to walk over the packed snow, he backed it beyond this little icy ridge which, having no room for "take off", the van just could not pass. I tried rocking it - but as I said, there wasn't really much... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:00:53 EST Out Patient Physical Therapy I DROVE today - first time in a month! It is exactly 4 weeks since my surgery. Well, I packed my walker just in case - but the parking lot was clear. First half hour or so was just questions and checking how I am right now. Then I was taken to a machine to do 30 squats (I was laying at about a 45 degree angle); <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then to a disc to balance side to side and front to back; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:36 EST Bonus Son I have three kids of my own, the "fruit of my womb." My Honey Levi also has three, and today is the birthday of his eldest, Josue. <BR> When I first met him in 2011, he was very quiet - not negative by any means, certainly glad for his father's happiness. Just quiet. And in 2012 we didn't converse much either. But last summer was different. Maybe because I ended up getting sucked into the excitement of Copa Mundial (World Cup soccer) with him and Levi...maybe the little treats I bought (the s... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:32:36 EST Going Down! Because it's still a little difficult getting into the shower, and because it's winter and I don't sweat that much anyway, I don't shower as often as I do when I'm in the sweltering heat of Pucallpa with my "Honey" and his parents. But I noticed I was starting to smell a bit over-ripe, so I decided to shower today after doing a bit of underglazing (painting some ceramics). And when I got on the scale I noticed my weight was down again. Hurray! Thank you, Richard Simmons! <em>192</em> <em... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:47:20 EST Nothing Like Home Made, Hand Made One of my means of avoiding boredom is crocheting. I have a favorite pattern for afghans, from a beginner book - it's a circular, zig-zag pattern. The trickiest part is the beginning, but after that it's all double crochet and chain stitch. I've made one for each of my grandkids, and made them large enough so even as adults they can enjoy its warmth. With the 3 bonus grandkids coming into my home (the children of my DD's SO) I decided to make one for each of them as well. Finished the one fo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:54:37 EST And NOW... So I went today for my 3 week post-op visit (DSIL drove me). I was told, as long as I could LIFT my leg to move my foot on to accelerator and brake relatively painlessly - and wasn't taking the narcotic pain med - I could DRIVE! I'm going to wait a bit, but it's good to know. And while the home PT has ended, I got a prescription for outpatient PT so's I can use treadmill, bike, weights, whatever. While I do have a bike in my room, it's one of those reclining ones, too low. So, it'll be good i... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:31:56 EST Stair Accomplishment With a little trepidation and a cane, I took the stairs up, slowly, each foot ascending the next step in succession - thus going "up with the BAD" - and then descending likewise, "down with the GOOD" - and I did all right! My DD said, "You realize, I DID bring down the commode?" But that's all right! <BR> Next challenge? I wonder if I can do a bit of Sweatin' to the Oldies? Might be a good idea to take a pain pill first.... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:43:24 EST Last Time Today was the PT's last home visit. As she checked the strength of my operated leg, she commented that it was VERY good, and that it was probably due to the exercises I had done before surgery - the ones from Spark. I asked how my recovery compared with her other hip patients and she said I was FAST. I gave myself a pat on the back, but I also have to give thanks to Spark for the motivation and resources, and to the folks who've been praying for my speedy recovery, and for the Lord for hearin... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:26:27 EST Outing Yesterday I had an appointment at the "orthopod" for my KNEE, to see how bad it is. Originally, my DD was going to drive me - she has a permit, and I'm licensed. But the weather's been nasty, and I know she's nervous about OTHER drivers, so, since we're still on Feb. recess, I called my coworker to see if she could run me around. She was glad to, wanting a change anyway (she was bored being at home all day and is eager to get back to work!) So she picked me up around 2, took me to my appointm... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:39:52 EST Progress The PT came again today and was very pleased with my progress. She gave me some more exercises to do for range of motion and strength, and reminded me of the hip precautions again. She said she'll be back next week before I go for my post-op follow-up, but then, she said, she probably won't need to return again. She asked if I had been very regular in my exercises before the surgery - well, somewhat - and commented that it definitely made a difference in how rapidly I was recovering. Yay me! ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:22:54 EST STAIR Day! First..,going DOWN the stairs in the morning. Then, since my commode hadn't been brought down yet and my coffee got things moving, I went back UP the stairs to the bathroom. Then, down again...Now, yesterday I had shown my granddaughter how to load the kiln, so of course today we had to UNload it. So, down the BASEMENT stairs. Then back up to my room on the second floor, where I glazed all the little works of art...then back down to the BASEMENT to reload them into the kiln. Then back up to t... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:24:53 EST Creeping Up I managed to get rid of the weight I had put on from Thanksgiving. <BR> Then we had Christmas. Up it went, a bit. <BR> Then the pain was increasing and I couldn't do my bike cardio. Up a bit more. <BR> Then I had the surgery and have only been doing the approved exercises for strength and range of motion. It has continued to creep up. <BR> Well...due to hip precautions I still can't use my bike - too low. But I THINK I can do the seated workout, if I follow the precautions. I NEED to exerci... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:01:50 EST Left Twix, Right Twix You've probably seen their silly commercials. Here is a sample <link><BR>WZgx4Ko </link> <BR> <BR> Well, lately I've been experiencing something of the sort. My right hip was replaced, and is doing well. I've had OT, PT, and RN's coming to my house to check my progress. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, my left thigh has been complaining, whether tingly or numb or, as last night, giving a sudden sharp pain. It's similar to what I'd experienced when sleeping on my l... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:35:11 EST Impressed! The PT was just here and had me go through my paces and asked about the different exercises I was doing. (This is a different PT from the one who came yesterday to "open" my case). I did a walk about, and a bit halfway up and down the stairs, and showed some of what I was given clearance for doing. Then I told her a bit about Sparkpeople and how I'd also used my resistance band prior to surgery to strengthen the muscles, and she commented how it really worked. She was impressed with how well ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:25:20 EST Pole Dancing So my bedtime routine has come down to doing what I call a little "pole dance" - just for fun. My poles are a cane and something for "lassoing" the foot of my operated leg. I got this "hip kit" from the hospital apothecary. The "lasso" is second from the right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sit on the bed, lasso my right foot, swing the good leg up , and pull on the lasso to help my right leg follow. I position pillows under my k... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:50:59 EST Back In Bed That is to say, as opposed to sleeping in the armchair. I had such fanny fatigue that I decided to give the bed a try again - just had to lie down! My DD helped me by shoving the pillow between my legs as I lay on my side and so I began. But it was uncomfortable on the hip and eventually I wriggled onto my back and wrestled pillows under my knees to try to alleviate back pain. And I had success. Oh, I still had to get up every 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours to pee. But I definitely got more rest. The OT... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:59:09 EST Adjustments Well, I can't sleep on my back - just can't. And when I tried to roll on to my side, it was just too painful - couldn't manage. So, around 1 in the morning, I grabbed my cell phone and called my daughter (she lives with me) and apologetically asked if she could walk with me down the stairs so I could sleep in the chair. (I'd slept in the hospital recliner - more comfortable.) I kept apologizing and she said, "No problem, I'm just glad you're all right - cause when you called, I thought, 'Oh,... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:12:57 EST New Hip - Hooray! Went into the hospital Tues a little before noon and went into surgery at 1:30. As I woke, I felt pain, but they quickly managed that. They took me to my room after a while and put me on the bed. Not much later they had me sitting up in the recliner - those first steps HURT! But different - not the grinding of bone on bone, just sore muscles from the wrestling and cutting. The recliner was more comfortable, so I slept thereon. They brought me a nice dinner of roast pork, which surprised me - ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:04:38 EST "LIKE!" This came to my email this morning, from my former pastor. <BR> <BR> Written by an Australian Dentist <BR> To Kill an American <BR> You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. <BR> So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:57:57 EST Day Five of Art This is the last - at least for now - posting of 3 works of art, this time in the category "Aquatic." Actually, that's not entirely accurate. In the big box which I've labeled "Aquatic", there ARE things like fish and aquatic mammals and sea turtles...but it also includes other reptiles like snakes and LAND tortoises. Anyway...First up is the Basilisk, AKA Jesus Christ lizard because of its ability to run on top of the water. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:44:42 EST More Art It's day 4 of my 5 days of art. Today I'm featuring DOGGIES! Who doesn't love dogs? <BR> First is a doggy doodle, called Wind on Woofers, just playing around with the idea of the effect of a strong wind on various dogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then there's an Old English Sheepdog <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a "double" Australian Cattle Dog <BR> <BR> <img src="... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:39:49 EST A Funny and More Art Miracle Diet <BR> <BR> An overweight clerk consulted his doctor for advice. The doctor advised that the clerk run ten miles a day for thirty days. This, he promised, would burn off as much as twenty pounds. <BR> The clerk followed the doctor's advice and, after thirty days, was pleased to note a loss of twenty pounds. <BR> The clerk phoned the doctor and thanked him for the wonderful advice that produced such effective results. At the end of the conversation, however, there was one last q... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:16:04 EST A Good Report and More Artwork Yesterday I had an appointment with my surgeon - last one with HIM before surgery. He checked my hip, having me push outward against his hand with my knee - and commented, "Your muscles are pretty strong, despite the arthritis." I attribute it not only to the pre-surgery exercises, but also to Spark's 20 minute Resistance Band workout <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> (and the other 2 seated workouts I do, but THIS is for STRENGTH.) Do I have a... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:38:16 EST Another Kind of Challenge I get on Facebook a lot, and my cousin got me involved in a little challenge - she "nominated" me - to post 3 works of art for 5 days. I thought, hm, I could do likewise on Spark. Why not? <BR> So for today, here are 3 works of art - some colred pencil drawings I did during times of worship at church. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:17:17 EST From the Daily Spark Having taken off for disability, I have much more time to Spark. I like racking up the points. So today I went to the Daily Spark, and this is the video I chose. <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=30 </link> <BR> <BR> And I thought, him, I found some dark chocolates that had dropped out of sight on my desk. I've been having difficulty motivating myself to exercise, due to the obvious arthritis pain. So I'm going to try this, rewarding myself with a ch... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:32:48 EST Friday Funnies From my file of "assorted cute and funny" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:18:15 EST Gumption It's hard enough to exercise when you feel good. Harder when you're already hurting. I DID the exercises recommended for preparation for my hip surgery, but they aren't really, I dunno, not really as challenging. It would be SO tempting just to leave it at that. But the inactivity - not being able to get on my bike - has me barely maintaining, especially after the holiday weight gain. I HAVE to do some kind of workout. <BR> So I was Sparking, getting points here and there...checked out the D... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:27:50 EST Weather For those of you in Rochester/Monroe County, my apologies. The Power of the newly arrived electric shovel has worn off - and so we have been experiencing this spate of snow. But today it is being ASSEMBLED so it will be ready for use <BR> <img src=""> <BR> - so we should experience some thawing temperatures and decrease in the white precipitation! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:15 EST Not Bored "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." So I plan to give my father-in-law a daily late morning call so we can have some scripture and prayer time such as we had while I was in Pucallpa, a "virtual visit", especially to encourage him. Today I read him a psalm and then prayed for him, and then he prayed for me - and his voice broke as he began to cry, grateful for the call. I love my little father-in-law! Her... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:41:10 EST Spark Aids I like so much about Spark. <BR> Now that I am homebound until I've recovered from surgery - which isn't till Feb. 3 - I am able to focus more on doing things more my health. This is my second day in a row of taking advantage of some of Spark's videos. First, the 11 minute seated cardio workout <link><BR>detail.asp?video=38 </link> <BR> <BR> followed by the 12 minute seated core workout <link><BR>detail.asp?video=42... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:14:42 EST Plans Proverbs 19:21 says "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." <BR> <BR> I was planning to tough it out until my hip surgery on Feb. 3. Had a cortisone shot last month after having to take 3 days off from work due to the pain. I was hoping it would carry me through, but it did not. This week I took off from work on Wednesday, since it was supposed to be very cold, and of course that just exacerbates things. I returned Thursday, and my coworker aske... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:06:29 EST