PATTYKLAVER's SparkPeople Blog PATTYKLAVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I could pick grumbling under my breath or wahwahwahwahwah In addition to not feeling well at all, I had someone totally take advantage of me and not think I really was sick, and my computer gave me fits. I know I got my steps in today and it's showing I got 1 in. <BR> <BR> So, like cartoons, I am alternating grumbling under my breath so no one can understand me and using the voices of the adults in the Charlie Brown shows: trumpets, no words, just wahwahwahwahwah. One day I will download off my phone the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that I foun... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:06:57 EST What a Way to SpendThe Last Unofficial Week of Summer I finally got on an additional medicine for my hypothyroidism. I felt like it was kicking in and helping me not feel so fatigued. And...the person who stays home and plays with Helena all day has a summer cold. BAM (I feel like Emeril when I do that) ABSOLUTELY FEELING LOUSY. So, I haven't done much but lay around. I am not wanting to see my spark report for next week. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:24:19 EST 8/25/2015 Last week's review Disappointed in myself is all I can say. It was a different sort of week. Helena's schedule seems to be changing almost as much as her mouth is right now. She's getting so many teeth that we don't know if she's coming or going. Her sleep pattern is off. She is in need of a little more attention and comfort. <BR> <BR> It didn't help that Sarah went up to Michigan, grabbed a lot of Sherry's stuff, and drove down with it and their Dad. So they spent the weekend frantically getting stuff... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:49:34 EST It's Great to Have a Good Doctor Now that I'm in Alabama again, I get to go back to doctors that I believe are great. Two of the doctors that did surgery on my back are here. My gynecologist that did my surgeries is here. <BR> <BR> The doctor that diagnosed my hypothyroidism is here. He's the one I just went to for my check-up. My pap came back normal, as did my 3-D mammogram (it does make a difference!). The bone density test showed my hips were weak spots. But he went over my blood work thoroughly with me and deci... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:13:43 EST 8/17/2015 Week in Review My numbers were a little down from the week before. But I was very tired one day and didn't get many steps in. But, I had an off day one day and I got to keep Helena busy while the girls painted. <BR> steps: 113296 / 122144 minutes: 1762 / 1844 calories: 4473 / 4674 <BR> miles: 4834 / 4930 <BR> <BR> Hoping this week is a little more productive. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:34:43 EST Unorganized and Unproductive but Loving It I am unorganized lately: the house, the paperwork, what I need to do, etc. Many times I feel unproductive. But...I have a beautiful reason: one that makes me laugh and smile each day, enjoy new things, find the beauty in little things. I play more again. I laugh a lot. I get sweet little hugs and kisses when I least expect them. That's the best feeling in the world. So...I am stopping and smelling the roses, even if they are fake. I am listening to the bugs, the birds, the airplanes an... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:57:21 EST 8/11/15 Week in Review and on a Soap Box for Awhile I felt that I did better last week. I went to the doctor 3 weeks ago and again last week: 4 pounds down. When a person is only 5' 1/2", 4 pounds make a huge difference. I can tell it in my clothes. <BR> <BR> I got my physical last week and pap smear. Blood pressure is down. Pap came back good. I was one of those people who caught per-cancerous cell 2 years in a row. If I wasn't faithful in going, there's no telling where I would be right now. I got my blood work done last week and... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:58:42 EST Trying to Stay Positive It's been hard for me to stay positive. I find myself taking things too personally. I know it's because I am short on "me" time and down time. I have to put my foot down <BR> and do for me I have to get thicker skin. Enjoy one moment at a time. Refuel. I know ewhat to do, just can't seem to do it. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:36:23 EST 8/5/2015: Week in Review It was a strange report. I got lots of steps in, etc., but it said my calories total was lower. I am not sure what I did. Helena's getting her 1-year molars in and she's not been quite herself. But that still doesn't explain my totals. I will have to take the time to study it a little more. <BR> steps: 113544 / 87308 miles: 44.48 / 37.78 calories: 3575 / 3773 <BR> <BR> Study it up; move it up another notch! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:43:35 EST 7/27/2015 Week in Review All in all, I guess the figures aren't bad, especially considering I lost my tracker about 1/4 way into my morning walk on Monday and didn't find it until the next morning. Saturday and Sunday brought with them a muscle in my back that made it difficult to do too much. It was worse when I would try to get up from a sitting/kneeling/laying position. I have yet to pinpoint it to one action. And, probably it was a combination of a few. The jacuzzi Epsom salts soaking bath on Saturday and sit... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:32:16 EST Challenges, Journaling, and Reflections I've been taking some challenges over just for a refresher. They got me thinking and I even have been journaling on them. This really seems to help the messages sink in. So...this time around I am slowly making small positive changes in my life. <BR> <BR> Two of the challenges seem to go hand in hand rather well. One is to mindful of complaining and try to go through a day without doing so. The other suggested taking a time out when I feel stress building. Makes sense finally - walki... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:10:39 EST 7/22/2015 Last Week's Review a Little Late Mom is going to be released from the Rehabilitation Center tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday were so busy coordinating everything and making phone calls that my head was spinning. <BR> <BR> Helena was a little off yesterday and didn't take her normal naps. She was a bear at dinner. When we were walking tonight, Sherry noticed a molar poking through. Explains a lot...we were looking for teeth 3 and 4 on the bottom before the molar. <BR> <BR> On Monday, after our walk, I noticed my Tracker w... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:45:10 EST Confucius Got Me Thinking It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. <BR> <BR> I came across this quote first thing in the morning. I must have slept well because it caught my attention and got me thinking. I've been mumbling (it seems like forever) that there are things I want to do, etc., etc. I didn't feel as if I was making progress at all. <BR> <BR> After reading this quote, I took stock. My eating habits have improved this year. They still aren't perfect, but I ca... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:03:16 EST 7/13/2015 The Long Week in Review It was a long week being either in doctor's offices or a hospital all week. It took a toll on me mentally and physically. I have yet to rebound but know I have to work on it. <BR> <BR> I knew my count would be down; I was surprised at how much down some were and how little down others were: <BR> steps 92036/108328 minutes were actually up 1425/1382 <BR> calories 3393/3597 miles 39.21/46/68 <BR> What did I do the week before last??? What did I do yesterday??? Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:12:23 EST Spinning Wheels I am where I want to be; I have those around me that I want around me; I'm still not really doing everything I want to do and my schedule is still not really a schedule. <BR> <BR> I made up my mind a while ago to get organized and to start enjoying life. I am enjoying more things, but I still feel scattered. <BR> <BR> What to do? What to do? Time to re-evaluate things and stop doing those things that aren't necessary. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:17:01 EST 7/9/2015: How I got 11832 steps in Today (4.5 miles) Believe me: I did it the hard way today. My Helena got a MMRV vaccination and a Hep A vaccination on Monday during her 12 month check-up. On Tuesday, Sherry took the car and went to work. The morning was our normal morning. Helena slept for about an hour as we went for our walk. Come lunch time, she suddenly appeared very tired. I took her out of the high chair, wiped her up, and set her in the living room so I could straighten the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I heard a boom and found her on t... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:33:16 EST 7.7.2015 Week in Review and Stressful Day Last week was a good week for me. When Helena was born, I told her that we would have week-long birthday parties for her. And we certainly did. We did a lot of little fun things all week; some I had never done before. <BR> <BR> My tracker numbers were better: steps: 108,328/84,372 minutes: 1382/1130 <BR> calories: 3597/2796 miles: 46.68/35.72 <BR> <BR> Today, I was getting belted from all ends it seemed like. I talked to my sister about my Mom. One test she had showed a cognit... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:22:50 EST July 2015 Month's Goals Okay...officially half of the year is done. But half of the year remains. I will refrain from setting goals for the rest of the year...I'm mostly not very consistent on the follow through. So, here goes: <BR> 1. get better at follow through <BR> 2. plan week (including meals) ahead of time <BR> 3. get more sleep <BR> 4. change up cardio <BR> 5. get Mom settled <BR> 6. do fun and different things with Helena <BR> 7. set aside time of reading, writing, crafts <BR> <BR> 8. MAKE SURE I DO AS... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:42:15 EST 6/29/2015 Week's Review - Another Strange One! The last two weeks sure were strange. Last weeks numbers showed it: steps were up 84372/71884 (12488 more) Miles 35.72/34.49 (1.23 more whoopie!) Minutes 1,130/1,505 (down 375 - was I walking faster?) Calories 2796/3099 (down 303). <BR> One afternoon was spent sitting with Mom at the Rehab Center. The next morning was sitting at the hospital while she was operated on. The whole next day (well, 12 hours) was driving from Michigan to Alabama. All three of these days in a row hav... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:30:04 EST 6/23/2015 Late Week in Review As crazy as the last 5 days have been for me, I don't think I did TOO badly with getting movement in Steps 71881/61052 Minutes 1505/1047 Calories 2099/2559 Miles 34.49/2540 <BR> <BR> Considering the amount of stress I had, I was surprised at my numbers. Friday was spent in the car driving up to Michigan. (roughly 740 miles and 12 hours). I reversed the process yesterday. Usually I am fairly calm. Put me behind the wheel, throw in construction, traffic, etc. and I tend to be a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:41:41 EST Long Weekend Ahead My Mom is having surgery on Monday to remove a blood clot in her brain. I have to be there for a few reasons: I worry, I know she will feel better if all her children are there, and I have power of attorney. I got at least 3 phone calls from various people at the hospital, rehabilitation center, and the doctor's office. Because Mom's short term memory isn't really always there, they want me to be there in case I have to sign for her. <BR> <BR> Two summers ago, Mom was okay. I would see ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:47:44 EST 6/15/2015: Week in Review I haven't made much progress on the house and yard, but I still keep plugging away. We're watching the nest in the rose bush carefully and hoping we will get to see a new bird. <BR> <BR> My new tracker came Tuesday night after I had waked a bit that day. Even missing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I don't think the totals were terrible to speak of. Steps: 61052 Minutes: 1047/755 Calories: 2559/1426 Miles: 25.4. I found that on three of the days, I averaged between 15000 and 16000 steps.... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:33:10 EST 6/9/2015 Week in Review It's been a busy week full of emotions. My tracker broke. Spark People has it on sale for half off. <em>244</em> It should be coming any time now. I have no idea how many steps I've taken each day, as my routine has drastically changed. <BR> <BR> Helena is a joy to be with every day, She will be a year old on the 27th already. It seems that she learns new things every day. Today we worked on using a fork; she would stab a piece of food and then take it off the fork and put it in h... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:53:18 EST Things are Coming Together Slowly The house is slowly being cleaned and the yard shaped up. It's a matter of going around Helena's schedule for the house and the weather for outside. The afternoons are a bit hot and muggy. <BR> <BR> Sherry is getting used to working. She actually said that she enjoyed being around grown-ups today. Helena and I are getting into a routine and she's more comfortable around me now when Sherry's not here. <BR> <BR> I haven't watched TV all week. It's amazing that I've accomplished this. I ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 17:14:08 EST 5/31/2015: week in review early Sunday and Monday were spent packing and carrying things up and down stairs. Lots of work - not many steps. Tuesday was spent driving to Alabama - bust on the steps as I drove for 12 hours. Wednesday was better, but I still didn't get all my steps in. <BR> <BR> Thursday and Friday were spent cleaning the extra house of Sarah's and moving in what we had. I easily got my steps in those days but don't know how. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we went swimming. It turns out Helena is a fish like ... Sun, 31 May 2015 22:45:49 EST 5/27/2015: What a Week! Members of my family and I went to the Detroit Tigers-Houston Astros game on Saturday. It was a great, closely played game. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost 3-2. We did see a triple play: a rarity in baseball. We even had Helena doing the wave with the crowd. <BR> <BR> Helena was baptized on Sunday. She was so good and so beautiful. We had a party right after church in the hall. It was chaos trying to get ready for it. On Friday, I took over some food and the decorations and started se... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:44:32 EST 5/18/2015 Week's Review: Whew! Taking care of 2 sick babies sure made for a long week. Not much movement, though, unless you count laundry, doctor visits, cleaning, etc. And my numbers sure were pathetic from it. <BR> Steps: 61564/68292, Minutes: 868/1083, Calories: 2913/3392, Miles: 32.69/45.57. <BR> <BR> The girls are slowly on the mend, it's a brand new week, and I started out pretty good this morning. I was up at 6:30, exercised while having my coffee, and went for a little-over-2-mile walk. Gotta make this week... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:03:49 EST I usually don't ask, but I must... I am not one to ask for help, but I sure could use some extra prayers for Sherry and Helena. Sherry still has a queasy stomach and worries if she will vomit again. Helena hasn't stopped with the diarrhea nor the vomiting. <BR> <BR> The night before last, Helena vomited 5 times. Five times the bed and she were changed from that. And that doesn't count the diaper changes. She vomited once yesterday afternoon and once at night. Today...fingers crossed...not yet. The diaper changes have ... Fri, 15 May 2015 21:12:27 EST What a Week! Helena started with the diaper rash a week ago Wednesday. By Sunday night it was worse. The Urgent Care sent up to the hospital who yelled at me for questioning why she gave Helena antibiotics when they couldn't rule that she had anything. So...Monday was an hour and a half at the pharmacy only to find that she gave double the dose. Monday afternoon was back at the pediatrician who said keep her on the antiobiltics. She immediately got awful smelling diarrhea, when in turn made the rash ... Thu, 14 May 2015 21:44:23 EST 5/12/2015 Last Week's Review: Once a Mom... Once a mom, always a mom. I was reminded of this over the weekend. Helena developed a diaper rash that quickly got terrible. We took her to the doctor who confirmed it was a yeast infection and gave us a diaper cream. He said he thought she had a virus and reminded us to keep an eye on her. <BR> <BR> By Sunday night, Helena had a fever on and off, wasn't eating well and just wasn't herself. The rash at that point was fire-engine red and almost crusty looking. We took her into an urgent ... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:02:15 EST Motivation and Decisitons I found myself a Motivator on Monday. I didn't see it coming. I don't feel like one. I am glad to help people and I try to encourage those who are struggling. <BR> <BR> I find myself and my daughter facing some decisions that are a bit hard. But we will do the research, say some prayers, trust in God, and in each other. We can do anything together, especially where there is love. And I sure do love my babies. <BR> <BR> I started making a list today of questions we need to find answe... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:38:44 EST 5/4/2015 Week in Review My totals last week were good, I think. I had less steps 71053/73172. But all the other figures were up: Minutes: 1091/1031, calories: 3356/3141, miles: 40.95/36.87. Playing with Helena must be paying off. Today started out rainy and ended up humid. Sherry, Helena and I went to the grocery store and got some good food. We then stopped at my Mom's with the food we bought for her and had an indoor "picnic": chicken, salad, fruit. <BR> <BR> When we got home, we made a fort in the living ... Mon, 4 May 2015 17:22:01 EST May Day It's May Day: four months of the year have passed. No, I haven't reached a bit of the goals I had set for myself. I keep over-scheduling, biting off more than I can chew, etc. I really am getting better; I have practiced thee word "no" quite a bit as I often literally just didn't have the time to fit anything else into my days. <BR> <BR> My babysitting Addy and Harper may be changing soon. The job started out as a four-hour-a-day, 3 day week. The dad's schedule changed and is now a rota... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:26:01 EST 4/27/2015 Last Week in Review We're starting to get into more of a pattern. But my daughter and I both think writing up a loose schedule between us will help us not do double-duty on some things. To actually get the time to do it may prove to be something entirely different. <BR> <BR> I did much better in the moving department last week. I felt like I had more energy and got a bit more water in me. <BR> Steps 73172 64392 Minutes 1031 920 Calories 3141 2413 Miles 36.87 28.26 <BR> <BR> Mom seems to be slid... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:44:40 EST Men vs. Women Dieting I just read an article about the difference between men and women dieting. We all know that it's easier for a man to lose weight that it is for a woman to lose weight. We've all heard about everyone having different metabolisms. <BR> <BR> This article pointed out some things that I had never thought of. Women are programmed from an early age to watch what they eat. Many restrict the sugars, carbohydrates, etc. beginning in the teenage years. Men are eating machines during their teenage... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:00:15 EST I See Some Improvements and Some I need to make. Since Helena and Sherry have been here, I've noticed a few things about myself. <BR> <BR> 1. I have been getting up and moving right away. <BR> 2. Thework gets do earlier. <BR> 3. i have m out of the house earlier. <BR> 4. I have cut down on computer time. <BR> <BR> But: <BR> 1. I don't get my steps in or exercised done early enough. But then I have been on the floor playing and using muscles that haven't bee used in awhile. <BR> 2. I still don't plan the weekly means, but know it ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:54:44 EST April 12-18, 2015 Week in Review :((( I've had this cough/sinus thing going on for three weeks now. There's been a few days where I have been really wiped out. I actually took a few naps and that is so unlike me. It's time to make a doctor appointment to figure out what the deal is. I don't know if it's allergies, or maybe my thyroid, or what. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I had it in my head that I was a little more active last week than I was the week before. So, when I got my tracker report this morning, I was disappointe... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:46:45 EST A Grandma's Observations Being with Helena the last couple of weeks, I have made a few observations: <BR> When away from home, I didn't really think about getting my steps in. I was too busy playing. <BR> <BR> While at home: <BR> I think about my step count but I don't always get my 10000 in. I'm eating a little better just because I sit and eat with her. We are both sleeping better; we play so hard during the day that it makes sleeping easier. <BR> <BR> My exercise is a little less structured. It leans more to... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:48:16 EST 4/6/2015 Week in Review Another :(. Trying to get Sherry and Helena ready played havoc with my schedule and steps. But it was so worth it. I did notice that once I was home over the weekend, the steps naturally came back up to just about where they should be. <BR> <BR> steps 46868/51756 minutes 780/773 calories 2068/2615 Miles 23.34/26.14 <BR> <BR> I am not sure how I ended up with more minutes, unless it was just from chasing a little angel around. I thought I remembered how it was to have a 9-m... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:56:09 EST Whew! Okay....yesterday morning started out at 3 am Nova Scotia time after a very bad night's sleep. Sherry, Helena and I got to the airport only to realize we should have started earlier. We didn't think about holiday travel. Helena saved the day. The airports let people with babies go into the shorter line. We got on the plane just in time. Somehow, we weren't able to sit together; something about where the baby oxygen masks were located. The person sitting next to Sherry wouldn't switch ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:46:09 EST Whew! Okay....yesterday morning started out at 3 am Nova Scotia time after a very bad night's sleep. Sherry, Helena and I got to the airport only to realize we should have started earlier. We didn't think about holiday travel. Helena saved the day. The airports let people with babies go into the shorter line. We got on the plane just in time. Somehow, we weren't able to sit together; something about where the baby oxygen masks were located. The person sitting next to Sherry wouldn't switch ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:46:06 EST 3/30/2015 Week in Review :( and :) I won't even post the figures. I didn't get in two days what I usually get in a normal day. But I must say that I've been using different muscles and lifting more (as in about 20 pounds already!) I knew that being at Sherry's (where there is literally a TON of snow) that I wouldn't be on my normal schedule. I also know that I will come back with a renewed sense of getting back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the Michigan weather will be more cooperative that the Nova Sco... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:19:25 EST Simple Pleasure Simple pleasures in life are the best. My simple pleasure today is just cuddling and watching Helena. Have you ever just watched a baby play and explore? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:53:09 EST A Friendly Heads Up Today will be spent finishing cleaning up the house and packing. I am hoping for an early bedtime as my plane to Halifax, Nova Scotia will be leaving at 5:50 am tomorrow. I WILL SEE MY GRANDBABY! I haven't seen her since Dec. 30. She has grown so much since then. <BR> <BR> I will be spending the next 9 days just playing with Helena. This will give Sherry time to catch up on what she needs to do to come here for ......? Helena is a lot like her Momma: full of energy and not afraid of... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:11:48 EST 3/23/2015 Last Week Kicked Me I fought a cold or something all week. I was so tired yesterday that I took a 1.5 hour nap; I never do that! I do so hope to feel better by Wednesday - my departure day. I have so many things I want to get done today and tomorrow. There's no way I will finish it all, but I will do my best. <BR> <BR> Last week, I babysat a few long days, started to get the house ready, and tried to get Mom ready for me to be gone for 9 days. Stress knowing that many things won't get done for Mom since ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:21:36 EST A Few Bends in the Road I knew the sign said "curves ahead". It just didn't say how far they were. <BR> <BR> On Ash Wednesday, I got my ashes while I was visiting a shut-in from church. When I left, I headed toward Mom's house. I hopped on the expressway to find myself behind someone going not even 60 mph. In Detroit, if you go 70 mph, 99% of the people pass you by. I started to get into the middle lane the same time a truck in the left lane started to come over. The next thing I knew I hit the cement barri... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:07:46 EST 3/16/2015 Last Week in Review I definitely felt as if I had more energy last week. For awhile, I wondered what was going on; I was exhausted for the longest time. Maybe it's because the countdown is on to go get Sherry and Helena; I'm sure that's a lot of it. So..I definitely got a few things around the house gone through. Threw some things away, gave some things away, and boxed up things to take to the storage unit that we rented for the time being. We just needed a space to get things out of the way that we knew we... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:40:15 EST Reality Check This Morning With Mom being sick and her short-term memory fading a bit, the family decided to keep a notebook on the kitchen table. We write things in there so we can all be on the same page. For example, if Mom eats while we are there, we write it down...she tends to forget. If we plan on taking Mom somewhere, we write it down. That way the others don't freak out when they come over and can't find her. <BR> <BR> I brought home a full notebook the other day. Mom has a habit of "cleaning up" and for... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:58:54 EST 3/9/2015 Last Week in Review I babysat 5 days last week. I had a Sunday class and a Saturday 3-hour meeting. All week, I struggled with fatigue. I haven't pinpointed the cause; I don't know if it's something specific or it was a combination of everything I did. When I did exercise, I did aim for the best bang for my buck and the statistics seem to show that I succeeded. <BR> Steps 81380 85988 Minutes 1048 930 calories 4181 3820 miles 47.94 53.04 <BR> <BR> I will be going to Halifax to help Sherr... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 08:59:54 EST The Bend in the Road The bend in the road ahead for me is getting clearer and clearer. I have my ticket to fly to Halifax. When I get there, I will get to play with Helena while Sherry packs and does what she needs to do. Then, on April 2 (Good Friday), all three of us will be coming back to Detroit. <BR> <BR> I don't know for sure where the road will go from there. But I do know, the journey is easier and more fun with those you love. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:24:11 EST