PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community By Losing Just 10 Pounds, You Can: ***Lower your LDL cholesterol by more than 10%. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Cut your heart attack risk by as much as 50%. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Reduce your chance of developing diabetes by as much as 60%. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Protect the cartilage in your knees by reducing the pressure on your knee joints by 30 pounds when you're walking. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Reduce your risk of sleep apnea or improve sleep apnea if you already have it; also, better sleep can result in increased production of a hormone t... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:20:42 EST Simple Strategies For Shedding Pounds Making small changes can add up to big results. <BR> <BR> If you're one of the millions of people who resolved to lose weight this year but you're struggling to stick to your diet, here are some practical steps that may help. <BR> <BR> Do A Beverage Check: <BR> <BR> Depending on which beverages you usually drink, you can cut up to 25% or more of your daily calories simply by choosing different drinks. Most soft drinks, gourmet coffees and teas, juice drinks, and energy drinks range from ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:57:58 EST Six Little Stories Well worth the time it takes to read............ <BR> <BR> {1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. <BR> <BR> That's FAITH. <BR> <BR> {2} When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. <BR> <BR> That's TRUST. <BR> <BR> {3} Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning; but still we set the alarms to wake up. <BR> <BR> Tha... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:08:27 EST The Golden Years Several days ago, as I left a meeting, I desperately gave myself a personal search. I was looking for my keys. <BR> <BR> They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. <BR> <BR> Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. <BR> <BR> My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. <BR> <BR> My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. His theory is that the... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:27:41 EST Food Poisoning Get A Handle <BR> <BR> How you handle food matters. With enough warmth, moisture, and nutrients, one bacterium that divides every half hour can produce 17 million progeny in 12 hours. <BR> <BR> Putting food in the refrigerator or freezer stops most bacteria from growing. Exceptions: Listeria (most commonly found in lunch meats, hot dogs, and unpasteurized soft cheese) and Yersinia enterocolitica (most often found in under-cooked pork and unpasteurized milk) grow at refrigerator temperatu... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:48:17 EST About Those Church Hymns A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> He said, "Today, in Church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. <BR> <BR> Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind." <BR> <BR> The pastor shouted out "CROSS." <BR> <BR> Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, "The Old Rugged Cross." <BR> <BR> The pastor hollered out "Grace." <BR> <BR> The congregation began to... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:04:08 EST More Great News............ Whitney, who is Dr. William's nurse, called this morning to tell me that because my MRI of my lower lumbar region was done 3 years ago, they want to do another one BEFORE I come in for my Pre-Op exam. Dr. Williams told me what the surgery would involve based on the old MRI and he wants to go over the new findings so that if that has changed or more needs to be done, he will be able to inform me. After I have the MRI, I will also have spinal x-rays done to go along with it and add to the vie... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:59:58 EST Great News The weather fact, it was a beautiful day and the sun was even shining. We made it to the American Center by 9:30 A.M. for check-in and I was then sent to x-ray for a picture of my new neck. At 10 A.M. I saw the surgeon and he showed me the x-ray of my neck and explained exactly what he had done to my cervical spine. He was very happy with what he saw and how it is healing. He was also very glad to see the movement in my neck and happy that I haven't had any pain. ... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 22:57:42 EST Tomorrow Is The Day............ If everything is in alignment and the fog doesn't roll in too heavy, I should be at my Post-Op appointment by 9:30 A.M. in Madison. It is about a 50 mile drive from our home to the Clinic; the roads are good; the temperatures are back to close to normal instead of below zero; neither one of us is too sick to make the trip; so far, so good. I will get x-rays of my neck first at 9:30 and then will meet with the surgeon at 10. I have questions for him and I am sure that he will have some for ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:19:29 EST How Do You Decide Who To Marry? 1. How Do You Decide Who To Marry? written by kids............. <BR> <BR> You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. --Alan, age 10 <BR> <BR> No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. --Kristen, age 10 <BR> <BR> 2. What Is The Right Age To Get Married... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 22:41:20 EST The Urine Sample...............Written by an Older Man One time I got sick and landed in the hospital. <BR> There was this one nurse that just drove me crazy. <BR> Every time she came in, she would talk to me like I was a little child. <BR> She would say in a patronizing tone of voice, "And how are WE doing this morning?" <BR> Or "Are WE ready for a bath?" or "Are WE hungry?" <BR> I had had enough of this particular nurse. <BR> One day at breakfast, I took the apple juice off the tray and put it in my bedside stand. <BR> Later I was given a urine... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 23:13:09 EST From The Australian Association Of Retired People My DH and I met a couple from Hobart, Tasmania almost 40 years ago. They were staying with friends of ours due to the fact that the husband had become an Antique Auto pen pal with the man from Australia and told them that if they were ever in the United States, they could stay with them. They were so much fun and we all liked them immediately. They have been back to the U.S. 9 times over the past 40 years. They have no desire to leave their home in Tasmania, but love to visit the U.S. and... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 22:44:58 EST First Date My friend from Arizona sent this to me today. It is not new, but I laugh every time I read it, because it sounds like something that would have happened to me. I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Her First Date <BR> <BR> This is a TRUE story. If you didn't see this on the Tonight show, I hope you're sitting down when you read it. This is probably the funniest date story ever, first date or not!!! We have all had bad dates but this takes the cake. <BR> Jay Leno went into the audience to find... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 22:52:47 EST Rescheduled.............. The Primary Clinic called this morning and scheduled me for the 17th. I said that was fine, but if there was an opening at the American Center (where I had my surgery) I would rather go there. She said that she would try and by noon, I was scheduled at the American Center for January 9th. This is much better for us because it is about 10 miles further to go to the Primary Clinic and it is right in the heart of the city. I don't mind driving in it, but I can't drive until the surgeon gives... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 23:18:57 EST Disappointment.............. Well, I still have not had my first Post-Op appointment with the surgeon!!!!! I had set my alarm for 6:15 A.M. and was just heading for the shower, when my husband said that all of the schools in our area were starting 2 hours late and the Police were recommending that if you didn't HAVE TO be driving anywhere to stay home. My appointment wasn't life or death and was only for about 10 minutes, so we decided NOT to make the 100 mile round trip and to reschedule. I was very disappointed and ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 23:02:28 EST Finally............. I had Cervical Spinal Surgery in late October. Tomorrow, I am finally getting in to see the surgeon for my first Post-Op Exam. I was originally scheduled for December 19th, but my DH and I had the flu and didn't want to pass it on to innocent victims so I cancelled. <BR> <BR> I am anxious to talk to Dr. Williams tomorrow to find out how my neck is healing. The first month and a half were pretty uneventful as far as recovery goes, but since I have had the flu (it is almost a month now) I... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 22:41:00 EST Happy New Year.................. I want to take this time to wish all of you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope that you have a wonderful 2018 filled with good health, peace, strength, energy, accomplishment of goals, great relationships with friends, co-workers, family, etc. May this be the year that fulfills you in every way. Find new hobbies, read the books you have put aside until you had more time, make time to spend with those who are important to you, do lots of things for others (it feels so good all the way around) a... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:53:49 EST A Fun Birthday Party.............. We questioned whether we should go or not today as our nephew lives about 45 miles from us and the police were announcing on TV that if you didn't have to be on the roads today, STAY HOME. We haven't had much snow and the roads were good, it was very cold but very warm in our oldest son's new van, and if you live in Wisconsin, you can't stay home every time it gets cold or you wouldn't go anywhere during the winter months. And the most important reason of all, our nephew's baby girl was tur... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:31:27 EST New Year's Wish For You and Yours......................... May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your ophthalmologist, your psychiatrist, your cardiologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your gynecologist, your podiatrist, your plumber, and the IRS. <BR> <BR> May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your love handles, and your stocks never fall, and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count, your weight, and your property assessments NEVER increase. <BR> <BR> May you be sensitive to... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:02:32 EST I Am Such A Good Tired......And Another Nolaism Our Grand-daughters, ages 10 and 5, arrived here at 9 AM and left about an hour ago. They are so sweet and so funny and have so much energy. I am exhausted, but I am smiling just thinking about some of the things they said. <BR> <BR> Nola is only 5, but she is so quick and so funny that it just blows us away. Elizabeth at 10 loves to read and read a book about Titanic and wanted to watch the movie. I can't believe that it is 20 years old this year. We talked about it and looked up som... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:17:41 EST A Senior's Perspective of Facebook For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. <BR> <BR> Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. <BR> <BR> I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing i... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:57:52 EST Six Undeniable Facts Of Life.............. 1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Wise words: "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food." <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. The one who loves you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on. <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. There is a big difference between a human being and bei... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:29:38 EST What Some Of Us Have Learned About Life.............. "There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein. <BR> <BR> As we grow older and wiser we realize that a $3,000 or $30 watch---both tell the same time. <BR> <BR> Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag---the amount of money inside is the same. <BR> <BR> Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine---the hangover is the same. <BR> <BR> Whether the house we live in is 300, 3,00... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:25:08 EST Merry Christmas I would like to take this time on Christmas Eve to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas. I wish that I knew the appropriate greeting for the various religions. I do not know all of them but I was raised in a very ecumenical religious upbringing and definitely respect your right to worship in whatever way brings you peace. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> Sun, 24 Dec 2017 22:40:25 EST What Works For You To Keep From Gaining Holiday Weight? The next couple of weeks are going to be full of many opportunities for social interactions which will also include many types of delicious food offerings. Obviously, we don't want to go crazy and end up putting on weight that we have worked so hard to get off and keep off. <BR> <BR> So, what are some of the ways that YOU keep this from happening? <BR> <BR> 1. One thing that I used to think would work, but doesn't is to NOT eat anything all day and save the caloric intake for the party... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:35:29 EST Think About This.....You May Not Realize It, But It's 100% True.............. 1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way. <BR> <BR> 2. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you. <BR> <BR> 3. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep. <BR> <BR> 4. You mean the world to someone. <BR> <BR> 5. If not for you, someone may not be living. <BR> <BR> 6. You are special and unique. <BR> <BR> 7. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it. <BR> <BR> 8. When you thi... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:04:08 EST Thank You For Your Time A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door. <BR> <BR> Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. <BR> <BR> "Jack, did you hear me?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said. <BR> <BR> "Well, he ... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:16:43 EST A Touching Story Just In Time For Christmas Frank and Dianne were in a shopping center just before Christmas. Dianne suddenly noticed that Frank was missing, and since they still had several presents to buy, she called him on his cell phone. <BR> <BR> "Frank, where are you? You know we have lots to do." <BR> <BR> Frank said, "Do you remember the jewelry store we went into about 10 years ago, and you fell in love with a diamond necklace? I couldn't afford it at the time, and I said that one day I would get it for you." <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:05:40 EST The Train Of Life This is very beautiful and I am honored to have received it. Now, on to you, my friends............. <BR> <BR> <BR> At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel on our side. <BR> <BR> However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. <BR> <BR> As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:02:38 EST The Good News and The Bad News The Good News re: having this flu is that I lost 4.8# since last Monday. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Bad News is: I still have the flu with no signs of it leaving anytime soon. I had to cancel my Post-Op appointment with the Spinal Surgeon tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Although I don't mind losing the weight, I DO NOT recommend having this flu to do it. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:48:40 EST The Flu Still Has Both Of Us In Its Grasp!!! Due to the fact that I had Cervical Spine Surgery the end of October, my surgeon has taken me off of ALL NSAIDs and Aspirin. I cannot take any anti inflammatory medications, so if you have had the flu, you know how much you can ache in every part of your body. Well, I was already aching in my lower back, my hips, and my knees, but now I hurt in parts I didn't even know I had and can't take a single thing for it!!! My Spinal Surgeon is a firm believer that NSAIDs and Aspirin interfere with ... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:20:35 EST No Christmas Cookie Cutting and Baking and Decorating This Year.............. As much as I hated to cancel our day with our Grand-daughters, neither Ken or I felt up to going and certainly did NOT want to expose them to whatever this is. I have been coughing since Thursday and my chest and shoulders are so sore, that they feel bruised. I think I may have pulled a muscle in my chest near my heart, because when I cough there is a sharp pain that goes right through the area and literally takes my breath away. I also have a headache from all of the coughing and congesti... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:23:35 EST Oh Darn............... My Mom contracted the flue on Monday and when Ken went to visit her on Tuesday to do some chores for her, she said that she had a sinus infection and the dizziness is what caused her to fall in her apartment, She was taken to the hospital on Tuesday, to make sure that she didn't have a concussion and she checked herself out still believing that it was a sinus infection. By Tuesday afternoon, Ken was down and out with the flu. The apartment that Mom stays in in the Assisted Living Facilit... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:32:00 EST Drink More Water To Help Prevent UTIs................ Drinking more water every day may help reduce the recurrence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) among women who are prone to these unpleasant infections: That's one of the key findings in a study presented at the infectious Diseases Society of America's annual meeting in October 2017. Researchers found that women with an elevated risk of UTIs who increased their water consumption by at least one-and-a-half quarts (48 ounces) of water a day were about half as likely to experience recurrent U... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:23:15 EST Did You Hear Me Laughing This Afternoon??? I received a letter from the Hospital where I go for my yearly Mammogram a few days ago. I didn't get a Mammogram in 2017 because it would have had to be in December (Insurance) and I don't see the surgeon for my post-op appointment for my Cervical Surgery until December 19th. I want to get the OK from the surgeon before I make the Mammogram appointment. I called my Primary doctor and she said to just schedule it for March 1st when I am scheduled for a physical and we will just skip 2017. ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:53:26 EST Fiber Fights Colon Cancer More research reinforces the benefits of a fiber-rich diet when it comes to colon cancer. The study (JAMA Oncology, Nov. 2, 2017) looked at the fiber consumption of 1,575 men and women who had been treated for colon or rectal cancer that had not spread beyond the colon. The data showed that for every 5-gram increase of fiber in the participants' diets, their odds of dying decreased by nearly 25%. The greatest benefit was attributed to fiber from cereals and whole grains. It's thought that... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:13:36 EST Spice Up Your Life If you aren't in the habit of using spices when you cook, you may want to start---especially if you tend to be heavy-handed with the salt shaker when preparing meals. Research published in the Oct. 31, 2017 issue of Hypertension suggests that people who use a range of spices to flavor food have a lower salt intake and lower blood pressure. Salt contains sodium, which has been shown to raise blood pressure and increases your risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke. Brain-imaging techn... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:57:05 EST A Christmas Wish This verse was on a Christmas card that we received today and I want to share it with you. If only the leaders of our country would put these wishes into action, maybe our country could go back to being For All Of The People instead of For Only Those Who Are Wealthy. <BR> <BR> "A Christmas Wish' <BR> <BR> May we break down boundaries, <BR> <BR> Tear down walls, <BR> <BR> and build on the foundation of goodness inside each of us. <BR> <BR> May we look past differences, <BR> <BR> gain ... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 21:47:11 EST "Snacks" Versus "Meals" Getting into the habit of viewing snacks as meals could curb overeating, says a study appearing in the Journal APPETITE in January 2018. For the study, 80 people were given a helping of pasta that was labeled either a "snack" or a "meal." Participants ate the "snacks" from a plastic container with a plastic fork while standing up, but they ate the "meals" from a ceramic plate with a metal fork while seated. Once the pasta was consumed, the participants took part in a taste test of differen... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:13:26 EST Sleep Deprivation................... Sleep deprivation is a stroke risk for people with Metabolic Syndrome. <BR> <BR> Getting too little sleep at night may spell danger for people with at least three indicators of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of risk factors that includes obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, and high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides. A 17-year-long study involving 1,300 middle-aged adults found that those with the condit... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 21:13:00 EST Is Dried Fruit A Healthy Snack? Dried fruit is a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to healthy eating. On the plus side, dried fruit is tasty and packed with fiber. That's because a serving of dried apple chips, for example, actually contains more fiber than one fresh apple. You might not eat two regular apples at one sitting, but you might nibble on enough apple chips to consume the equivalent of two apples. <BR> <BR> That brings us to the negative side of dried fruit. They contain a lot of concentrated fiber, ... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:30:39 EST Vitamin D: 2 or 3? If you take a vitamin D supplement, have you thought about which type it is? There are two---D2 and D3---and a study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 5, 2017) underlines the fact that they don't have equal nutritional value. Researchers measured vitamin D levels in 335 woman during two winters (due to reduced exposure to sunlight, vitamin D levels tend to be lower at this time). The women were split into groups that consumed either vitamin D2 or D3 and a control group. Those ... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 22:51:41 EST Nola, Nola, Nola.................. We had just finished eating supper last night when the phone rang. This is usually the time that we get the most calls from someone who is selling something, so we usually just let the phone ring until the answering machine picks up a message and if it is a legitimate call, we answer. <BR> <BR> Well, last night the answering machine picked up a call and the little voice on the phone was Nola. She said, "Grandma, you just have to be home because I need to ask you something important." <BR> ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 21:33:37 EST What Has Your Favorite Christmas Present Been So Far? This one is so easy for me. We had been married for about 2 years and had talked off and on about getting a dog. I knew the dog I wanted and I also wanted not just one, but a mating pair so that we could raise and sell puppies. We were both teaching full time and were renting a small house. We broached the subject of having not 1 but 2 dogs with the landlord and he very quickly said that it was out of the question. So, we moved to a different cottage on the River. We had decided to wait... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 22:11:08 EST What Is Your Mate's Favorite Quality? Think of the quality that drew you to your husband or wife the first time that you met. Was it that quality that led to your marriage or long-term relationship? What is that quality, if you don't mind sharing? <BR> <BR> The first time I met my husband, I was soaking wet from walking six blocks to school in the rain. The first thing he said to me when I walked in the door was, "Who are you?" followed by, "Let me show you where the Ladies Room is so you can dry off." I was actually introd... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 23:00:43 EST Your Favorite Christmas Memory.............. Think back on your Christmas's-Past and tell us about your favorite one. I know that we all have several favorites, but pick one that really stands out and tell us about it. <BR> <BR> My favorite happened over 40 years ago. Our oldest son was a baby and we had just moved back to my home town and moved into our home. It was one of the coldest winters any of us could remember and there was another snow storm predicted. We were the most centrally located among our relatives, so the dinner w... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:46:43 EST Monitoring Your Blood Pressure At Home The American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure purchase a blood pressure monitor (available at pharmacies) to use at home. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what he or she would consider a high reading if you check your blood pressure at home, as readings can vary more in older adults. <BR> <BR> Readings also can vary between monitors---a recent study (American Journal of Hypertension, July) suggested that 70% of readings from home blood pressure moni... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:01:06 EST Make New Friends But Keep The Old...................... I am sure that most of you know this verse quite well and maybe have even sung it on occasion. "Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold." <BR> <BR> Today, we had company for lunch. I have known this couple for a long time as Marilyn was a college roommate and I met her husband to be (at that time) during my Junior year. We live about 45 miles from each other and have gone back and forth beginning the years right after we were married. We went camping with ... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:17:56 EST Nola Strikes Again Our oldest Grand-daughter, Elizabeth, had her first Basketball Game of the season today at 5 P.M.. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to the game, and when we walked into the gym, our youngest Grand-daughter, Nola, came running up to us to give us hugs. Then she left the gym and said that she would be right back, that we should sit still and wait for her. <BR> <BR> Of course, we did what we were told and a few minutes later Nola came back in the gym with a little boy next to her. He had coal... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:09:00 EST A Retiree's Last Trip To Costco!!! Yesterday I was at Costco, buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Owen, the Wonder Dog. I was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had, an elephant? <BR> <BR> So, because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse, I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:58:27 EST