PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Short and Very Sweet....... I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas. I hope that you are happy and able to be with those you love. <BR> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:45:33 EST I Think That It's All Coming Together......... I know that I have mentioned in my blog at some time and also in my status on occasion that I volunteer for American Girl at least one day per week. Because of this, I do get in on the occasional volunteer sale of gently used dolls. At most these sales happen twice a year, so you have to be there in order to take part. In October, I had decided that I wanted to find dolls that resembled Elsa and Anna from Frozen to give to our Grand-daughters for Christmas. One of the volunteers had found... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:03:48 EST Christmas Cookie Rules......... Hey, I like these rules............. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie-free. <BR> <BR> 2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories. <BR> <BR> 3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with yo... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:04 EST The "W" In Christmas You may have already read this one before, but I feel it is worth repeating. <BR> <BR> <BR> Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. <BR> <BR> I had cut back on nonessential obligations-extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. <BR> <BR> Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas. <BR> <BR> My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that yea... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:06:14 EST So Tired That I Forgot To Tell You......... We went to Elizabeth's Christmas Concert at St. Mary's School Thursday night. The students range from 4K to 8th Grade. They were about half way through the singing and the band playing and all had gone without a hitch. Then it was time for the 4K class to do their thing. Most of the students were 4 years old or close to it. A nativity scene was set up with a live cast of little ones. Baby Jesus was in the cradle. Mary and Joseph stood up to sing, when Mary caught her shoe on the cradle... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:20 EST It Is 10 PM And I Am Finally Writing My Blog I left the house about 9:30 this morning. I stopped at a friend's home to drop off a Christmas present and then drove on to the Hospital for my yearly mammogram. When I was finished with that, my DH and I drove to a city about 40 miles away to have lunch with a couple we used to teach with and then to finish some Christmas shopping. We arrived home about 4 and I proceeded to bake some sugar cookies for Elizabeth to decorate tomorrow. She will share them with her classmates on Monday. I a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:01 EST Another Busy Day.......... Today isn't as CRAZY BUSY as yesterday was, but there is still a lot to do. This morning I caught up with my laundry and managed to give our DDog a haircut. This is a job that I don't mind, but our Cairn Terrier HATES it. I think that what he really has a problem with is the sound of the shaver. He definitely shies away from motor noises at all levels. Anyway, I finally finished, and he doesn't look half bad. He is a smart little guy and I think that he has figured out that if he cooper... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:39:12 EST I'm Leaving Soon.......... This is a CRAZY BUSY day. I must leave in just a few minutes for a PT session; followed by lunch with a former college roommate who is on her way to a city about 80 miles North of here and will meet me at a restaurant at noon which is close to the Hospital where I have the session; then it is on to a dentist appointment; then shopping for the ingredients I need to make Christmas Cookies with Elizabeth; then I will pick Elizabeth up from school; and Nola from Daycare; then home for playtime w... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:39:39 EST I Was So Embarrassed!!!!! I have been doing Spine and Hip exercises twice/day for about an hour each session. This morning, my DH and DDog were out and about running errands, so I decided to take advantage of their absence and do my exercises in the middle of the living room floor where there is more room to stretch out. I was still in my flannel pajamas, but decided to do the exercises and then take my shower. Let me preface this by telling you that we live in the country, at the end of a long driveway, through a ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:18:27 EST Each Session Gets Better Results Today was my third PT Session for my hip and spine. The PT had given me several exercises to strengthen my core and especially my lower back. I have been doing them religiously at home and can really feel muscles that I had forgotten I had. I have increased the reps each time I do an exercise, so when she asked me to show her each of the exercises during our session today, she was impressed by how many reps I was doing at this early stage of the treatment. When I was finished with the exe... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:48:53 EST This Is Awesome!!! This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where one could read it every day................ <BR> <BR> You may not realize it, but it's 100% true. <BR> <BR> 1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for. <BR> <BR> 2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way. <BR> <BR> 3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you. <BR> <BR> 4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't lik... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:56:38 EST OUCH!!!!! I did the exercises given to me by my PT for my spine and hip on Thursday, Friday, and today. They take just over an hour to go through all of them and I do them in the morning and again late in the afternoon. Boy am I feeling them today............I feel like I have been run over by a very large truck............but I know that after my shower tonight, followed by Voltaren cream, and a heating pad, that I will be fine and that each day will get better and that before I know it, my spine an... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:49:30 EST I Wish That You Had Been There With Me.......... After my PT appointment yesterday, my DH and I stopped at the local MART to pick up a few things. It was CRAZY-BUSY!!!!! And, one of the local care centers had bused several residents in motorized chairs over to finish some of their shopping. I was in one of the aisles looking for a stocking stuffer for a friend, when I overheard a woman with a cart behind mine, loudly sighing that it was just too crowded and WHY were all of these motorized carts all over the place in the middle of the day... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:47:11 EST Today It Began........ Today I got the ALL-CLEAR from the PT to end the Vertigo sessions and begin the therapy on my left hip and spine. So..........From 10 AM until 11:30 AM, I had an evaluation, a physical examination, and a workout to give me an idea of what would be expected of me in the next few weeks. I also have hand-outs describing the exercises that I will do at home every day. The actual work with the PT from now on will be done on the machines available at the hospital and ultra-sound therapy. What I... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:36:23 EST Uh Oh!!!!! I don't know about you, but I seem to make way more mistakes than my DH!!!!! At least, that is what he tells me has happened over the MANY years that we have been married. Well............a while back, he made a WHOPPER!!!!! And, I will NEVER let him mention my little trivial ones again!!!!! <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, we went to an Art Tour and I found a beautiful stained glass window which could also be a hanging piece or an insert. We have a sitting window which has three large ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:50:30 EST I'm So Proud Elizabeth (our 7 year-old Grand-daughter) came over after school yesterday to spend the late afternoon with us and to join us for supper. She had the flu this weekend and wasn't her usual energetic self, but seemed good-to-go when she first arrived. She loved the Christmas Tree that her little sister helped us trim on Sunday, and also looked at the other decorations we have all over the house. We were talking about Christmas presents and I asked her what she does within her second-grade cl... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:30:03 EST Our Poor Baby!!!!! After all the fun we had trimming the tree yesterday, Nola woke up in the middle of the night and both she and her Daddy took turns throwing up. Older sister, Elizabeth had the flu on Friday and shared it with her family........except for Mom, who hasn't had it yet...... <BR> The phone rang early this morning and it was our DIL telling us this news. We usually have both girls after school and for supper on Monday nights and also take Elizabeth to Ballet class. Today the plans have changed ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:25:57 EST Oh My Gosh!!!!! I AM EXHAUSTED!!!!! I had forgotten how much energy it takes to trim a Christmas Tree with a two-year-old!!!!! I gave Nola the ornaments that don't break to place on the lower branches. Well, that didn't work!!!!! She insisted on hanging them while standing on her tip-toes and almost fell into the tree several times. By the time we were finished I was exhausted from not only trying to keep up with her, but also from laughing. She is one of the funniest little girls I have ever met and m... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:44:28 EST A Wonderful Day I am referring to last Sunday. You might wonder why, if it was so wonderful, I waited a full week to write about it. The reason is............I was afraid to. I was afraid to put in writing, the fact that the dizziness was gone and the pain in my hip was tolerable enough for me to walk without a walker. If you have ever had Vertigo and then, finally, the dizziness is gone, you don't want to do ANYTHING to jinx it or cause it to return. Last Sunday, I cleaned every room in the house and p... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:54:31 EST Head-To-Toe Health Trouble Diabetes Damage <BR> When you have diabetes, your body has a problem with sugar. Not the kind you put in your coffee. Instead, it's the kind in your blood---also known as glucose. This simple sugar is used by all of your body's cells and organs, explains Andrew Renda, M.D., Humana director, diabetes and heart disease consumers. "The body breaks down foods you eat to make glucose, but that glucose can't get into the cells without a hormone called insulin." <BR> <BR> If your body doesn't m... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:33:02 EST Battling Dangerous Belly Fat It may seem like nothing more than a "Spare Tire," but extra fat around your waist is a warning sign. It's not the fat you can grab with your hand that's the issue. The real problem is fat buildup around vital organs like your liver and pancreas. This "intra-abdominal" fat increases your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it's also linked to breast cancer. That's true even if your overall weight is in the normal range for your height. Scientists think that when intra-... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:02:23 EST The Not-So-Sweet Truth Sugar is everywhere. And while your body needs sugar---the kind that's in your blood (glucose)---to function, too much can be bad for your health. <BR> <BR> In a new study, people who ate a high-sugar diet---25% of their calories came from sugar---were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as people whose diets were made up of 10% sugar or less. The person's weight didn't even matter: the higher the sugar intake, the greater the risk. High-sugar diets are also linked to obes... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:59:39 EST Healthy Insight Blue Light and Better Sleep <BR> <BR> If you stay up late watching TV or your computer screen because you can't sleep, blue light may be to blame. <BR> <BR> Blue light comes from both the sun and artificial light sources, and is something we need. In the morning, it helps us wake up and know that the day has started. It keeps us happy, focused, and stops our bodies from making melatonin, which makes us tired. <BR> <BR> The problem with blue light is when we're exposed at nighttime. Brig... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:50:11 EST Now I Understand.......... Only we Seniors can understand this one!!! <BR> <BR> Most Seniors never get enough exercise. So in his wisdom God decreed that Seniors would become forgetful; that they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things misplaced and thus do some walking. <BR> And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was yet another need. So God in his wisdom made Seniors lose coordination that they would drop things which would require th... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:27:57 EST Just Call Me....... Life is too short <BR> to be serious <BR> all the time. <BR> <BR> So if you can't <BR> laugh at <BR> yourself, just call <BR> me, and I'll laugh <BR> at you. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:27:32 EST Those Grey Hairs.......... They are NOT grey hairs!!!!! They are my WISDOM HIGHLIGHTS!!!!! <BR> I just happen to be extremely wise!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:28:23 EST HUGS I <em>26</em> the kind of <em>247</em> where you can feel the sadness leaving your body. <BR> <BR> Charlie Brown Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:59:05 EST Very Appropriate For Today......... My BFF from Arizona sent this to me today and I want to share it with you. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I forget to thank the people who make my life happy in so many ways. <BR> Sometimes I forget to tell them how much I really do appreciate them for being an important part of my life. <BR> So, Thank You all of you, Just for being here for Me. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:53:03 EST What A Great Idea!!! I wish there was a way to donate FAT like you can donate blood. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't that be something?!? <BR> <BR> I want to take this opportunity to wish all of my Spark Friends a Very Happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:40:27 EST 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