PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not Just SOME Days..........EVERY Day!!! Some days I just wish I had the WISDOM of a 90 year old, <BR> The BODY of a 20 year old, <BR> And the ENERGY of a 3 year old!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:36:06 EST Did You Know????? Part IV 31. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. <BR> <BR> 32. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. <BR> <BR> 33. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. <BR> <BR> 34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. <BR> <BR> 35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?" <BR> <BR> 36. Help the needy. Be generous!!! Be a "Giver" not a "Taker." <BR> <BR> 37. ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:35:47 EST Did You Know????? Part III 21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. It is so restorative. <BR> <BR> 22. When you wake up in the morning, be very Thankful that you did. <BR> <BR> 23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> <BR> 24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds. <BR> <BR> 25. Try to make at least three people smile each day. <BR> <BR> 26. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy va... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:08:16 EST Did You Know????? Part II 11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all. <BR> <BR> 12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. <BR> <BR> 13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don't. <BR> <BR> 14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking. <BR> <BR> 15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. <BR> <BR> 16. Our ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:06:24 EST Did You Know????? 1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes. <BR> <BR> 2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die within the next 3 years. <BR> <BR> 3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime. <BR> <BR> 4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger. <BR> <BR> 5. A person's height is determined by ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:15:13 EST Think Before You Speak Have you ever asked your child a question too many times? My three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty training and I was on him constantly. One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch, in between errands. It was very busy, with a full dining room. While enjoying my taco, I smelled something funny, so of course I checked my seven-month-old son, he was clean. Than I realized that Danny had not asked to go potty in a while. I asked him if he needed to go, and he said, "No"... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:31:24 EST Turn Your Walk Into A Workout By Linda Melone <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> <BR> Walking is as simple as it gets for exercise. All you need is a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. <BR> <BR> "Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life," says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association. <BR> <BR> GET STARTED <BR> <BR> Set a baseline. If you're not active now, "Start walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:01:26 EST Prevent The Spread Of Infection........ There are so many illnesses going around already this year, that it is definitely time to take some preventive measures. <BR> <BR> 1. Wash your hands with soap and water. If they aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. <BR> <BR> 2. Limit contact with those who are sick whenever possible and when you are sick,limit your contact with others. <BR> <BR> 3. If you get sick with a flu-like illness, CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (without t... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:30:53 EST Eight Safety Tips For Walkers 1. Walk with a buddy whenever possible. <BR> <BR> 2. Carry your name, address, and a friend or relative's phone number in your shoe or tied to a lace. <BR> <BR> 3. Wear a medical bracelet if you have diabetes, an allergy, or other condition. <BR> <BR> 4. Carry a cell phone and let a friend or relative know your walking routes. <BR> <BR> 5. Avoid deserted or unlit streets, especially after dark. <BR> <BR> 6. Do not use headsets that prevent you from hearing traffic, and walk against... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:50 EST Have You Ever Had This Problem? I have had Migraines since my early 20s (a long time ago). The medication that works best for me at the onset of a headache is Sumatriptan. I take the smallest dose possible (25 mg) and that usually does it for me. <BR> My Insurance Company has allowed me to purchase 9 tablets every 30 days for several years now and that is a very livable amount for me. Recently, I received a letter from them saying that their new policy is that I can only purchase 9 tablets every 4 MONTHS!!!!! This is cr... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:59:02 EST What A Wonderful Surprise!!!!! This morning, my husband left bright and early to get some work done on our truck before the snow falls. I did some chores around the house, caught up with some emails and bill-paying, and then took a shower. While I was in the shower, I heard my husband come home. Then when I was finished, the phone rang and I talked to our niece for about 15 minutes. Then I got dressed and walked into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. As I turned the corner by the refrigerator, I saw a lump on the fl... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:01:30 EST 4 Ways To Stay Motivated While Walking 1. Wear a pedometer. Bit by bit, boost your daily steps. Keep it up until you reach 10,000 steps a day. <BR> <BR> 2. Keep a walking journal. Whether you journal online or with pen and paper, it's motivating to see your progress. <BR> <BR> 3. Get a walking partner. A walking buddy provides accountability. You don't want to let the other person down. And........they can be fun. <BR> <BR> 4. Sign up for a race or charity walk. An upcoming event gives you a goal to shoot for, which ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:13:21 EST LIFE A friend sent this to me today and it is especially meaningful due to the happenings in our life this past year. <BR> <BR> Life is not the way it's supposed to be.......It's the way it is........ <BR> <BR> The way we COPE with it, is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:17:17 EST Chili Peppers May Provide Cardiovascular Benefits A substance that gives cayennes, jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers their hot taste also may protect against heart disease, according to research presented at the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. <BR> <BR> The animal study showed that, in addition to reducing total cholesterol levels in the blood, the heat-producing capsaicinoids reduced levels of "bad" cholesterol (which deposits into blood vessels). Capsaicinoids also may reduce the size of... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:21:18 EST The Low-Cal Cookie Trap Some people end up eating more calories if a food is labeled "low-calorie." <BR> <BR> Scientists offered 188 young women the same oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies. The labels listed either 130 or 260 calories per cookie, and they had a brand name that was either considered more healthful (Kashi) or less healthful (Nabisco). <BR> <BR> The women ate more cookies when they were labeled as Kashi than when they were labeled as Nabisco. What's more, the women ate more when the cookies were labele... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:13:19 EST Hear, Hear........ Seafood may lower the risk of hearing loss, possibly because it helps preserve blood flow to the inner ear. <BR> <BR> Researchers followed more than 65,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II for 18 years. Those who reported consuming fish at least twice a week had a 20% lower risk of self-reported hearing loss than those who ate fish less than once a month. <BR> <BR> All types of seafood---including tuna, light-meat or dark-meat fish, and shellfish---were linked to less hearing loss. So... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:27:50 EST Making Muscle Nothing beats strength training, or resistance exercises, for building and preserving muscle. <BR> <BR> That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults do strength training at least twice a week. <BR> <BR> That should include 8 to 12 repetitions of exercises that work all the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen,, chest, shoulders, and arms. And the exercises should be done to the point where it's hard to do more without help. <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:25:48 EST Drinking Soda Linked To Higher Stroke Risk The more soda (regular and/or diet) you drink, the higher your risk of stroke, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers analyzed soda consumption and incidence of stroke among 43,371 men and 84,085 women between 1980 and 2008. Men and women who drank more than one serving of sugar-sweetened soda per day were more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, while those who consumed diet (low-calorie) soda were more likely to be ov... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:55:13 EST I Didn't Get Away Scott-Free......... When I told you about our "Deer-Car Collision" I mentioned that we had been very lucky that we weren't going any faster at the time of the collision and that neither of us was physically affected. Well.........I spoke too soon. I woke up the next morning with the worst case of Vertigo I have had so far!!!!! Braking as hard as we had to pushed me forward as far as the seat belt would allow and then I was flung back again. This motion must have sent the crystals out of the canal they are su... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:00:56 EST A $500.00 Piece Of Pie......... It was such a beautiful day on Tuesday, that my DH and I decided to drive in to town for a Sub Sandwich after we voted instead of going home. After we ate our subs, "I" suggested that we drive over to big Green Lake, where my husband usually fishes. The winds were high, so we knew that the Lake would be crazy with white caps. We were about 5 miles from our turn-off, when a large Buck (deer) came tearing out of a cornfield and into the road. I didn't see him coming at all. My husband saw ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:32:39 EST I Need Your Advice....... I received the results of my x-rays today. As I strongly suspected (knew), I have osteoarthritis in both my left hip and my spine. The Physician's Assistant suggested the following. He is not sure that all of my hip pain is due to the deterioration of my hip and feels that some of it may be radiating from my spine. Because of this, he wants me to go to Physical Therapy to strengthen the muscles around both areas. He also thinks that there is a possibility that a shot of cortisone may hel... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:44:27 EST I Just Had To Share This With You........ A friend of mine who knows that I am a Spark People Member and am on a healthy weight loss journey, sent this to me with her "Tongue In Cheek!" <BR> <BR> "I stay a bit overweight because it wouldn't be fair to all the skinny people if I were this Attractive, Intelligent, Funny, AND Thin!!! It's a Public Service..........Really!!!" <BR> <BR> She has such a great sense of humor (and is also VERY thin) and I STILL love her. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:09:16 EST A Good Time Was Had By All........ The Birthday Party was a huge success. Our 7 year-old Grand-daughter, Elizabeth loves NOTHING better than to decorate for a party and had name tags on real Maple leaves by each of our place settings. She also painted and decorated goards which were our centerpiece. Her finest Art work was the gift she gave to her Grandpa. She did a project where she had a leaf in multiple colors placed between pieces of wax paper with shaved crayons between the layers of paper. She then took an iron and... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:23:35 EST Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday!!! We will be leaving soon to pick up my Mom to attend a Birthday Party for my sister-in-law, my nephew, and my husband. My son is grilling steaks, my DIL is making a big salad, and my Mom is bringing homemade Garlic Bread. I made a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting as voted on by the Birthday celebrants. Our Grand-daughters are in charge of all games to be played. A Good Time should be had by all. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:28:36 EST My Latest Report....... I saw the Physician's Assistant today and he really gave me a thorough exam. Ironically, his wife just had Hip Replacement a couple of weeks ago and he was really "In tune" with what I was saying to him. He did range of motion movements with both legs, pushed in hard on both hip joints (the left one was extremely tender), asked about numbness in my left leg, pain in my lower back, buttocks, or upper leg, did a history of where I am affected by osteoarthritis, and much, much more. I was rea... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:46:44 EST Please Send Some Good Thoughts My Way........ My left hip has been bothering me for several months now. In early September, my Dr. diagnosed it as Bursitis and gave me some exercises to do and some anti-inflammatory cream to put on the hip area. It has been two months now and in the past few days it has become extremely the extent that I am now using a walker or a cane to take some of the pressure off of it. Tomorrow morning, I am going to a Physician's Assistant who works with my Dr. I couldn't get into her until... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:31:06 EST Those Little Black Pants........ My mother is 90 years old. She called the other day and asked me to take her shopping for a pair of black pants. She said that the waist should NOT be a narrow elastic band, but a wider, softer band that was more comfortable and that the weight of the material should be a bit heavier for winter. Off we went this morning in search of the perfect but elusive black pants. The first store we went to had what we thought was the mother-load of exactly what she wanted. She put 3 different pair ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:35:52 EST I Have A Question For You......... I am the mother of two boys so I have zero experience in raising girls. I DO NOT remember either of my boys ever asking me to tell them stories of my childhood........ever!!! <BR> <BR> I am now the Grand-mother of two girls and the 7 year-old is VERY interested in stories of my childhood. Every Monday night, I take her to a Ballet class and on the way to class and the way home, she asks me to tell her stories of when I was a little girl. She listens closely, laughs hard, and can repeat ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:27:11 EST She Will Never Be A Hunter......... We live in the country and are surrounded by woods and fields, and marshland..........everything a deer would want!!! Because of this, we see a lot of deer on a daily basis. Our 7 year old Grand-daughter has been watching deer since she was young enough to know what they are. We have 6 apple trees in our back yard and she has seen the deer eating the apples for several years. Last Spring, when we were walking through the woods, we found a fairly complete skeleton of a small deer. It was ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:41:40 EST A Great Fall Day Our 7 and 2 year old Grand-daughters will be here soon to spend the day and evening with us. Their folks are involved in a golf outing and dinner so we will have them until at least 7 PM. The temperature is supposed to reach 70 degrees today.........not bad for October 26th!!! We have a huge pile of leaves raked up for the girls to jump in, their tree house windows are open and all spiders have been evacuated (Elizabeth isn't too fond of them), we will walk through the trails in the woods,... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:18:24 EST This Is Chili?!?!?! My husband does quite a bit of the cooking in our household. He is a very good cook.........he is also very impulsive. On Thursday, while shopping for groceries, we split up like we usually do. Before we split up, we decided that he would pick up the ingredients for Chili while I headed for the other end of the store for computer paper and ink. We met at check-out. I really didn't notice what groceries he had chosen, as he emptied the cart. Friday afternoon he made the Chili. We sat do... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:36:49 EST Sleep Apnea And Your Health If you're not getting proper sleep because of sleep apnea,, everything gets thrown off, from physical health to emotional health. <BR> <BR> In sleep apnea, your breathing has pauses or is very shallow when you sleep. It is one of the most common sleep disorders and also one of the most underdiagnosed. <BR> <BR> It can contribute to a long list of health issues: <BR> <BR> * Cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, abnormal heart rhythms, and greater risk ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:38:46 EST Family and Friends I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. <BR> <BR> Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. <BR> <BR> I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-tow... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:57:59 EST Bad Parrot A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. <BR> <BR> Every word out of the bird's mount was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. <BR> <BR> Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:02:19 EST Four Tips To Make Your Mark On The Road To Good Health 1. FIND A DOCTOR WHO FITS YOUR PERSONALITY. Choose one who listens to your questions, worries, and priorities. "And when you're serious about making changes, let your doctor challenge you," says Todd Prewitt, M.D., Humana director, chronic care strategies. "Be willing to hear things that might not be pleasant to hear, so you can work together to reach your goals." <BR> <BR> 2. BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CARE. Doctors learn a lot about you and your goals by questions you ask and information y... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:22:13 EST Flu Shots I know that there are many people who DO NOT believe in getting flu shots. But, for those who do, get your flu shot now for healthier holidays. <BR> <BR> Family gatherings, crowded shopping malls, packed airplanes.....all of them are filled with flu germs. It's no wonder flu season peaks during the holidays. <BR> <BR> Get your flu shot now before you get too busy-----or at least before Thanksgiving-----so you can stay healthy and enjoy your holidays. A yearly flu shot is the best way to ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:43:54 EST The Most Beautiful Day Ever........... Yesterday, my husband and I drove to an area about 45 miles from our house to take part in an Art Tour. We have done this Tour for the past 4 years and this one was the most beautiful. The leaves were in Peak Color, the temperature was 60 degrees, we had mapped out the artists that we were most interested in beforehand, so were finally organized, and we had a lovely lunch at an old 50's Diner. It was like being a teenager again...........almost. We sat at the counter and my husband said t... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:50:27 EST Warm Milk In a convent in Ireland, 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The Nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. <BR> <BR> They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it. <BR> <BR> One of the Nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. <BR> <BR> Back at Mother Superior's bed, they held th... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:48:46 EST Hotel Bill An old lady decided to give herself a big treat for her 85th birthday by staying overnight in an expensive hotel. <BR> <BR> When she checked out next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $450.00. She exploded and demanded to know why the charge was so high. "It's a nice hotel but the rooms certainly aren't worth $450.00 for just an overnight stay! I didn't even have breakfast." <BR> <BR> The clerk told her that $450.00 is the 'standard rate,' so she insisted on speaking to the m... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:13:32 EST Guilt vs Shame GUILT says: I MADE A MISTAKE. <BR> <BR> SHAME says: I AM A MISTAKE. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:40:14 EST Success........ I haven't weighed myself for about 3 weeks. I could tell that there may be some loss as the jeans I bought a month ago (that were snug then) now fit well. My rings have also become somewhat loose. I pulled the scale out of the depths of the closet and got on with my eyes shut!!! I opened them slowly and actually gasped. Over the past few weeks, I have lost 8#!!!!! Yaaaaaaaay!!!!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:35:14 EST As We Age....... Why retirees are always so happy.............When we wake up in the morning, our first thought is, "Yippee!!! I woke up!!!" <BR> <BR> My brain is like the Bermuda Triangle. Information goes in and then it's never found again. <BR> <BR> When I get old, I'm going to move in with my kids, hog the computer, pay no bills, eat all the food, trash the house, and when asked to clean, pitch a fit like it's killing me!!! (I <em>26</em> and can relate to this one.) <BR> <BR> Of course I talk to... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:28:43 EST All Went As Well As Could Be Expected.......... In yesterday's blog, I told you about visiting my cousin and her husband (who has Pancreatic Cancer) and hoping that our visit would be helpful. We expected to see weight and hair loss, and we did. We were encouraged by his ability to get around and even work on a few projects. They own several acres on a lake about 7 miles south of us, and when we arrived there yesterday afternoon, Paul was working on getting a well hooked up so that they would have running water in their camper. He did ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:38:51 EST I Hope That We Can Help In Some Way......... I am going to make my favorite Autumn Soup today, and then take it to my cousin and her husband, who brought their camper up to their land on the lake about 7 miles south of us. My cousin and I have always been close. Growing up, we lived two houses apart for our first 11 years. After we were married and had children, we found ourselves living close again and got together as often as possible. Then she moved about 200 miles away and though we have remained close, we don't see them as much... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:07:02 EST Where Do Red-Headed Babies Come From? After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the Obstetrician, "Doctor," the man said, "I don't mind telling you, but I'm a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can't possibly be mine!!!" <BR> <BR> "Nonsense," the doctor said....."Even though you and your wife both have black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to the gene pool." <BR> <BR> "It isn't possible," the man insisted. <BR> <BR> "This can't be. Our families on BOTH sides had jet... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:57:36 EST Halloween Is Coming......... A man is walking home alone late one foggy night....... <BR> <BR> when behind him he hears: <BR> <BR> Bump....... <BR> <BR> Bump....... <BR> <BR> Bump....... <BR> <BR> Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. <BR> <BR> Bump....... <BR> <BR> Bump....... <BR> <BR> Bump..... <BR> <BR> Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him. <BR>... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:31:11 EST Absolutely Brilliant!!! Two businessmen in a new shopping mall were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new shop. <BR> <BR> As yet, the shop wasn't ready, with only a few shelves set up. <BR> <BR> One said to the other, "I bet any minute now some pensioner is going to walk by, put their face to the window, and ask what we're selling." <BR> <BR> No sooner were the words out of his mouth when, sure enough, a curious older woman walks to the window, had a peek, and in a soft voice asked, "What are you selli... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:51:05 EST Are You At Risk For Breast Cancer? These factors raise the risk of a first (or subsequent) breast cancer. To better judge YOUR risk, talk to your doctor or go to: or <BR> <BR> Your risk is more than 4 times higher than someone without these factors if: <BR> <BR> *you are 65 or older (though the risk keeps increasing until age 80) <BR> <BR> *you have been diagnosed with atypical hyperplasia after a biopsy <BR> <BR> *you have a genetic mutation for breast cancer (BRCA1 a... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:36:31 EST Counting Calories in Sugar Substitutes ***Some sugar substitutes, like saccharin, have no calories because they're not burned for energy in the body's cells. <BR> <BR> ***Others, like aspartame, are so intensely sweet that it takes only minuscule amounts to sweeten foods. That makes them essentially calorie-free. <BR> <BR> ***Sugar alcohols have roughly half the calories of sugar because they're not absorbed as well as sugar from the intestinal tract. Erythritol has much less (no more than one-twentieth the calories), and xyli... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:00:29 EST I Never Knew This!!! Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they go? <BR> <BR> Wonder no more!!! <BR> <BR> It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. <BR> <BR> If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:20:54 EST