MEXGAL1's SparkPeople Blog MEXGAL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Working off my new computer DH worked really hard all day yesterday and last night and got my new computer all set up with files transferred and such. Geez though with just that short time not checking in with sparks I had like 120 emails from them. That's a lot!!! Finally got that all cleared up but now need to catch up on buddies blogs. I will try and do that later on this evening. <BR> <BR> On another note. FIL is doing okay but still doesn't have that drive to get better and doesn't do things to work on gettin... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:06:27 EST Blogging for my streak I am on our IPad as my DH brought home a new computer for me and is transferring everything and such. he has been working on it all day. anyway I didn't want to lose out on the blogging streak that I have going on. <BR> <BR> I do hope you all are doing great. I am chilling out for a little bit after nice facial and before making dinner. <BR> <BR> cheers <BR> Sallie Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:14 EST Thank you all for your suggestions for DH. Thank you Blazingsword! She emailed sparks for me and found out that I can open another account using my own email address. This will be fine as I can set it up to private and also check off no mail from sparks. I have to do that as I get a ton of mail from Sparks. Every time I think I have my sparks mail caught up and read a bunch more comes it. I seem to have a lot of followers. Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I got over the first hurdle of having my DH realize that he ha... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:46:54 EST Anyone out there use the "family" sparks feature? My DH asked me if I would help him lose weight. He's about 220 and six feet and wants to get down to 185 before the wedding next year in July. So I told him "sure" and am tracking his calories in an old little book designed for tracking. I used to use this little book before I found Sparks. I thought though that Sparks had a family feature where you can track another family member. Anyone know anything about that? <BR> <BR> The one thing I did use today to track for him was the add a re... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:06:33 EST Bummer about the Seahawks! I couldn't believe how awful they looked against San Diego. My goodness but they looked like anything BUT Super Bowl Champs. I won't even go into the language my DH used while watching. He cracks me would think he was the coach. Anyway there is always next time. The good news is our Washington Huskies did fine on Saturday and killed Illinois. <BR> <BR> Tonight is our beloved Eagles who have never won a Super Bowl. They have gotten there twice in my lifetime but had a very pour... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:09:34 EST DH coming home today and the Seahawks are onTV here. Yep what a great day for me! I am excited to see my DH but also excited to see the Seahawks. I have it taping as I won't be here when it starts. Will be on my way to the airport. I also noticed that the Miss America program is on tonight so I will set that up to record on the out door living room system. <BR> <BR> I wonder how DH will be with me letting the doggies in our casa a bit now that we don't have kitties. They just lay on the tile floor so no harm done. I told him I was doing ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:01:53 EST Question <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So my question is were you disciplined as a child with a smack on the butt occasionally when misbehaving? I grew up with the fear of "the fly swatter". If we were really bad we had to get it and Mom gave us a whack or two. Nothing that really hurt or left a mark but it was the process that made us remember not to do what we did again. My girlfriend had to go find her own stick in the woods for her father to wha... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:22:02 EST Getting excited that DH is coming home. My DH comes home on Sunday. I will pick him up from the airport as he gets in, in the afternoon while it's still light. He is bringing me some things that I ordered on line that I can't get here. <BR> <BR> He will only be here in Ajijic until October 10th when we head to Seattle to visitit number one son and fiancé. We will stay there until the 20th. Then we are coming back to Ajijic and will be here for a couple of weeks before we head to Pennsylvania where other son lives and grandch... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:56:44 EST Doggies got into a fight again. I had them out walking our walk this morning and low and behold as I was waiting on the opposite side of the road to let another woman with 3 dogs go by, my big dog attached my little dog. It is awful when they go at each other. But I just dropped their leashes and went to the other side of the road and started walking away from them. I wasn't going to put myself in the middle of it as I didn't want to get bitten like my DH did. Funny thing about it they pulled themselves out of the fight... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:22:35 EST Counting my blessings today. The scale has not been nice to me lately. I keep trying to figure out what is going on with my body. I know I can't do well on the low carb thing with meat and veggies as I just don't feel well and have no energy and get the nasty GERD. So I have gone back to my old way that always worked for me to drop a couple of pounds. It's mostly vegetarian. It used to be that I could eat on this plain and drop a few of the pounds that have sneaked on.....but now my body is not reacting like it used... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:58:08 EST Family project So I am a bit bummed as I thought I took a "before" photo but I didn't have a "card" in my camera. This photo is a "mid way" photo and not a finished photo of the Watson family painting. We had 15 contributors. The bottom right is granddaughter's hand and the other left side with the big sun/moon (not sure) is grandson's work. There was a ton of white canvas left for me to start filling in. the canvas is large....40" by 30". The tree in the upper right was done by Tommy Jr's fiancé as s... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:30:54 EST Ouch! Well as we age we sure don't bounce back as quickly as we would like from taking a fall. I sure fell hard and it seems to have jarred everything. I actually had a hard time sleeping last night as I couldn't get comfortable. It was hard to find a position that didn't put stress on something that got whacked! Seems I jarred my whole body and my butt hurts as well as twisted an ankle, knee and wrist. I fall like this would have been nothing at all when young but I was surprised for someone ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:48:15 EST Sorry link didn't work I am a bit bummed that I can't get the "Add Link" to work here as I really wanted to share the Ajijic video. For those that are really interested to see our little village you can go to my facebook page....Sallie Veser Watson and scroll down and you will see the link posted there. Hope that works. <BR> <BR> I am a little bummed as I was doing things in the kitchen this morning moving fast and slid on some wet water and fell on my butt. Hate when that happens. It happens so fast. I feel ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:16:36 EST Good to get together with a dear friend <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Really nice time with my dear friend Georgia. we went to a new place that everyone is talking about here in Ajijic. Living in a village when something like a new good restaurant opens word spreads fast. I had salmon which was just so fresh and wonderful and the pesto sauce on top was wonderful. It was really good to catch up with my dear friend. My... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:10:16 EST Sad about Joan Rivers I really thought she would pull out of it. Was shocked actually to hear of her passing. So sweet that she said she was happiest when she made people laugh. Laughter is just so good for us. RIP <BR> <BR> Quick update on FIL....I am so glad that I found the PT that I did. He studied some in the states and is originally from Spain. His English both spoken and written is awesome. He sends me very detailed reports stating what was accomplished and what the goals are. Right now I have him ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:30:27 EST A big thank you to a sparks buddy! I had mentioned here that I was trying again the AIP diet for people with autoimmune disorders. If you follow me you will know that I tried this before and ended up after 4 days with severe heartburn and ended up getting an endoscopy and diagnosed with GERD and put on drugs to get rid of it. I was on meds for weeks to get it settled down. I went back to my normal eating which mostly is vegetarian. I occasionally eat meat but not most days. And I was feeling fine. Well once again I kept ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:46:51 EST A couple of photos for today Thought I would share step son Tommy's engagement photo. I just think it's the cutest photo. So nice that they both finally found each other. He is 41 and she will turn 40 in November and he is taking her to Europe to celebrate. So nice to be young and in love. They really do suit each other well. DH and I are so thrilled for him. They have picked their venue for the wedding next July. It will be on a Seattle ferry boat that is in retirement and doesn't go out on the water. It is moo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:38:48 EST Still missing my kitties Since my DH has been gone I really notice how much I miss my kitties. they were such awesome company. I am not going to get any new kitties as it makes it easier to travel and not have to worry about them. This is the first time in my life though that I have been without kitties. <BR> <BR> So to help with the missing of the kitties I have let my two doggies "cheat" a little and come inside for visits and naps. They think it's real special and they both would love to be lap doggies but ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:56:00 EST Happy Labor Day and first day of September! So where has the year gone? I can't believe it is September all ready. Wow. <BR> <BR> Living in Mexico you don't really even know it's Labor day as it isn't celebrated here. But I am going to take the day off anyway (just joking as you all know I am retired). I miss the cook outs and such and days of the past when we did celebrate. I do have a nice steak (grass feed beef with no hormones) for dinner. Hey, you know those 2 pounds that I took off when I started this new AIP(autoimmune di... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:57:53 EST Sitting with banana, coconut oil and coconut milk on hair Yep, when DH is away I try new things. I read on line that the combination of those three ingredients is excellent for your since my hair is really dry I decided to give it a try. So I sit here smelling like a yummy treat. It said to let it sit on your hair for like 20 minutes. I decided to get in the steam room after I write this blog to let it soak in deeper. I also thought the steam room would help my aching joints. Isn't it funny how we get into routines and then forget to... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:28:18 EST Again did the doggie walk when not feeling like it So glad it is over. I plan to take the rest of the day off and do very little. I will of course prepare meals and do a little laundry but not even going to leave the house. I might even catch a movie or two. <BR> <BR> I am pleased to report that the meat and veggie diet I did yesterday must have taken some inflammation out of me as I was down 2 pounds. Will keep it up today. <BR> <BR> Talked to my Mom today and she is still very tired which is unusual for her. She had a scan done and sh... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:41:52 EST Don't know where my mojo is today. Just one of those days. I really didn't feel like walking the doggies their 4 miles but pushed myself out the door. Of course I felt better afterwards. I then had to get dressed and go to FIL's and leave money to pay the PT. So accomplished that. FIL seemed well today and sitting up in chair. He still isn't eating enough so we discussed that and he said he would try to eat more. But he is only eating like tablespoons of things. Not enough to give him the energy he needs for the PT. ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:51:08 EST FIL is on his way to getting stronger <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> So yesterday I made up some "motivational" signs to hang in FIL's room. When the PT doctor was there he made a comment about the Food is Medicine sign and said we needed one that said Exercise is I made one of those. Then I made a general sign that simply said You can do it... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:51:34 EST Again Many thanks Sparks buddies for your comments. I just love this site. I know I have said this before but I feel I must say it again. I do go to the effort to blog just about every day as it helps me put things into prospective and also get much needed advice and suggestions. I took what many of you said and had an extra magnesium pill and ate a banana last night and slept granted it might have been because I was exhausted from not sleeping the night before but whatever. So nice to get a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> I a... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:58:46 EST Restless leg syndrome...any tips So had another restless night with feet and legs hurting and RLS. I took a leg cramp pill and rubbed Icy Hot all over them but nothing seemed to work. Not sure why this is happening again, but it's a pain in the butt. Anyone know anything about this? I will also talk to my doctor about it. <BR> <BR> So Sparks must have read my blog yesterday....LOL as they added back into the sparks points 3 points for posting a blog. I bet they had a lot of complaints. but happy they put it back in. <... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:24:10 EST Arggg! Some of the things sparks does to their pages make sense and are easy to get used to, but then some drive me crazy. It used to be that there were links down the right hand side of many screens that you could click on to move back and forth between things. now even to get to your own sparks page is tricky. And now no more points for blogs. what's up with that ? I thought it was such a good idea to encourage folks to blog and express themselves. To me it was part of the total "make over".... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:15:13 EST Back from visiting FIL when I got there he was being feed by a nurse a piece of cheese cake. I asked Mina the nurse what time tomorrow will the physical therapist be there. She said the doctor wanted to wait another week. This is the new geriatric doctor he just saw a couple of days ago. I was sitting next to FIL and said out loud to Mina that I didn't agree with this. I asked her to talk to one of his other doctors. I said we have been waiting far too long for this and he isn't getting any better. I went on... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:53:04 EST Living here you always need your camera <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I find that I see so many fun and different things living here so I always carry my camera. Here is a photo of a "goat jam". We have horse jams, cow jams, chicken jams. Just part of the fun of living in a Mexican village. I do enjoy it here. <BR> <BR> This photo reminds me of my neighbors who "over serve" themselves all the time <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:25:49 EST Thank you all for the anniversary wishes. I had a busy day. I ended up meeting with one of FIL's new doctors who practices both homeopathic as well as western med. I was thrilled and he agreed with me that FIL is on too many drugs and getting so many side effects and that is why he has no appetite and dizzy, etc. So he coached the nurse, Mina to taper him off the antidepressant and he is already off the antibiotic. Turns of the antidepressant he is on had all the side effects he is suffering. <BR> <BR> Then I made it a mission... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:40:22 EST Happy 26th Anniversary to me and my DH You can tell when you have been married a long time when you are willing to be apart for it. But we are together in heart and spirit. We talked this morning and sent ecards to each other. DH says that he is getting to the point where he doesn't want to be around the grandkids and kicked them out of the house to play until their mother came back from her run. They are both very spoiled and unfortunately their mother gives in to them and isn't consistent with discipline. My DH said when he... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:55:47 EST Food is Medicine <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today I am going to put this sign up in my FIL's room to remind him to eat even if he doesn't want to. I will also share with him the book I am reading that talks about food being medicine for those of us with autoimmune disease and let him know that I have to adapt this attitude as well. Food no longer is for pleasure but fuel to heal and hel... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:51:10 EST Some more good news about FIL I just got back from visiting with him and meeting with Mina(head nurse and owner of the nursing home). DH had a good idea about making a chart up for the nurses to list what food he eats. I did a chart in Spanish and reviewed it with Mina. She thought it was a great idea. I told her that way I can review it daily with Dad and estimate the calories,etc. I said in front of Dad and Mina that he has to think of food right now as medicine. He agreed with me. I also showed the chart to Dad ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:57:23 EST Back from visiting with FIL One thing for sure is that his mind is much clearer now and he is more aware. I was able to have a good conversation with him and told him that I am asking the nurses to give him at least 6 small meals per day. And when I say small we are talking about a ritz cracker with peanut butter. I am trying to guide the cook as he does overcook just about everything. FIL said he tried to eat some of his scrambled eggs and they were like rubber and very dry. So I tried to coach the cook on making ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:18 EST Thank you all for such an outpouring of support Wow was shocked to see how many of you took the time to comment and support me with the challenge I have dealing with FIL. <BR> <BR> I told his son and his daughter that I was pretty stern with him yesterday and told him he has to eat and exercise. He did tell me that he wants to get I lectured him a bit about his efforts and what he needs to do. His daughter and son(my DH) all support me in my "tough love" approach and so do the nurses. They are not going to give him the opti... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:34:35 EST Just a short blog just got back from visiting FIl. He was sitting up in a chair but when he saw me asked me to get them to get him back into his bed. He had only been sitting up like an hour. I know I sound like a broken record but I am afraid FIL isn't going to work hard to get back on his feet and get better. He is refusing to eat and says that food just doesn't taste good to him and only eat small amounts of food at a time. He is drinking two things of something like ensure. The doctor thinks that on... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:17:27 EST Somedays it's just hard to get going! I was looking for every excuse not to walk the doggies today. I wanted to get to the Puritan Poultry place before they ran out of organic free-range chicken. So I piled my doggies in the car to give them a ride....I was thinking this might trick them into not wanting a walk. So off we went and I got my chicken. But then when we got home I went back on my computer and wouldn't you know Morgan started barking the "walk" bark so I gave myself the little "you will feel better if you just do i... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:09:35 EST DH made it to Philly just fine He called and emailed me to let me know he arrived and just how excited the grandkids were to have him there even though it's only been like 3 days since they saw him. The parents left last night to head to the Bahamas for DIL's sister's wedding so DH will be babysitting alone until Sunday night. But he is in his element as he loves being around the grandkids and is so very good with them. I am happy for him. He is already working on me to make a trip at the end of October to go to one son... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:20:27 EST DH off today DH's flights got all messed up yesterday so he postponed flying out until this morning. But flights were fine this morning so he is on his way. I got up early and took him to the airport. I am home now and on my own for four weeks. Looking forward to it. I will catch up on some shows that he doesn't like that I like. Orange is the New Black is one of them. He doesn't like that one. I also have some reading to do and I need to pick up some more paints to finish "the Watson" painting wh... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:11:48 EST So sad about Robin Williams Breaks my heart that he couldn't get the help he needed. I do understand though the feeling of hopelessness. It's only happened to me a couple of times when I have had a severe flair up with my autoimmune disease. You feel so helpless and so awful that you really do not want to live anymore. I am so glad that I have a strong will and each time I had those thoughts I would blog or go on the site for my autoimmune disease and blog there and others who understood would respond and give me ho... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:02:20 EST Wow, quiet casa! All the company is gone now and DH leaves tomorrow. I actually am looking forward to it as I like being alone. I enjoy my own about that! I have two new strength building DVDs that I am going to try and get into. I hate strength building mostly as I hate the repetition and the counting. I like to have my mind wonder and think about other things. So I figured that if I got DVDs someone else would do the counting for me. <BR> <BR> I will be the one going out to check on F... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:57:36 EST As promised photos from family visit <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:57:57 EST Quiet casa again. Put the grandkids and their parents on a plane to go back to Pennsylvania. The other son is still here with his fiancé and will leave tomorrow. Tonight we are going to dinner with dear friend whom I want to meet the fiancé. <BR> <BR> It was a great visit with the grandchildren. They were a good age to be here to enjoy the pool and all the activities. I am beat and will post photos tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I need to catch up with all of you. Hope you are well. <BR> Sallie Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:11:20 EST Off to Chapala today We are off to the next town today to do some more shopping with the street vendors and then eat molcajetes. Everyone is excited about that. <BR> <BR> Can't believe the grankids and their parents leave tomorrow. Then the other son leaves on Sunday. But as much as I love them I will be ready to have my house back to quiet again and eating right. I have been having a hard time eating right and my body is rebelling just a bit. So anxious to get back to my whole foods eating plan. <BR> <B... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:04:54 EST Another busy day today Our soon to be (well July 26th 2014) DIL just arrived this morning to even out the crowd. We so love her. We got to meet her parents last year in Seattle as they had us over for lunch when we were there....well her parents wrote us a lovely card and sent gifts for us. The note brought tears to my eyes as they said how much they liked us and are so happy that we will be part of their family! Her father sent down homemade caramels that he made. and they sent me some really nice soap. So w... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:16:18 EST Grandkids to the Ajijic Market today. And they loved it! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> and the grands got to go horseback riding too! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:18:07 EST Great Grandchildren with FIL <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I guess the photos speak 1000 words! <BR> <BR> Grandson was awesome...granddaughter shy. <BR> Great Grandfather happy! <BR> <BR> Hope you all are well. <BR> Sallie Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:25:00 EST Fun times <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:12:32 EST Whew, sore muscles after playing so hard! Yes, I played all day with the grandkids in the pool. Used muscles I haven't used for a long time I guess as I am a little sore this morning. But totally worth it. <BR> <BR> The sisters went out to visit FIL and he was even better yesterday and they were encouraged. So that is good. <BR> <BR> Today we are having a party and friends are coming to joint the already 10 of us family members here for a cook out. Should be fun. <BR> <BR> I am totally sticking to my eating plan. Being re... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:50:00 EST Sisters are here and the grandkids are on their way. My DH's sisters got here yesterday and went out to visit their Dad(FIL). they were in shock and both cried. but then this morning they went out again and they said it was so much better like the difference from night to day. He is totally off the pain meds and was lucid and talking to them. So this fancy IV nutrition is working. Woo hoo. <BR> Hopefully the visits will get so good that he will be able to sit up and receive a visit from his great grandchildren. Would be nice if he improve... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:48:51 EST August 1st This is always a sad day for me. My brother would have been 65 years old today. He died in a diving accident 15 years ago now in Peru. He was such an adventurous man. He wrestled alligators in Florida just for fun . Yep if he saw one walking across the road he would jump out of the car and wrestle it. He loved adventure. He reminded me so much of some of the crazy guys on some of the TV shows where they survive in the wilderness and such. So Happy Birthday brother Dutchie! You are mi... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:57:43 EST