PATTYKLAVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PATTYKLAVER PATTYKLAVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ July 2015 Month's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955016 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952909 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950128 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947583 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945655 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942455 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939747 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937531 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935088 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930253 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928825 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928303 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926930 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923313 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922564 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920646 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918722 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918031 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916006 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 :((( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914449 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908928 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906540 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904657 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904656 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899931 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898585 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898016 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896441 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893871 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892116 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889709 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886785 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 3/2/2015 Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885361 Someone in a class I'm taking stated "I didn't want to lose my life because I dug my grave with a fork." What a statement! <BR> <BR> I was definitely off last week. I felt tired and out of it. But I kept on plugging. <BR> steps: 85988/87876 minutes: 930/1005 <BR> calories: 3820/4150 miles: 53.04/48.44 <BR> I was surprised that my miles were up while everything else was down. But, then again, I knew my energy wasn't there. I do have a doctor appointment. I think that how I f... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:34:27 EST 2/23/2015 Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881401 It was an interesting, busy week. I got things done that I wanted to do. I felt I ate good. My energy felt like it was a little low, but I kept plugging away. <BR> Steps: 87876/79572 Minutes: 1005/911 Calories: 4150/3661 miles: 48.44/46.36 <BR> It was good to see that my numbers were up a bit. I hope that my energy level picks up a bit. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:12:09 EST The Little Things in Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880363 It's true that the little things in life - the things that don't cost any money - are the most valuable. While Skyping with Sherry and Helena, I watched Helena tell her momma that she was hungry, without saying a word. She looked at her and just kept opening and shutting her mouth like she was eating. I asked her if I could have a kiss. She came right up to the computer and gave me one! My heart was definitely in a puddle after that one: my first kiss from my granddaughter. Granted, I ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:53:01 EST SpoilingHelena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879888 That's the title of my new Etsy shop. I made some scarves recently and decided it's time to see if I could sell some of them. I can add afghans, etc. as I make them. I am also working on crochet dish rags, but I'm not sure they're so good yet, so I am trying to perfect them. <BR> <BR> I wanted to see what I could do to make money. Must find ways to spoil Helena, you know. I've been knitting and crocheting for years, making gifts for people. Why not see what I can do with it? It's bee... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:33:01 EST Life's Bumpy Like Michigan Roads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878158 A friend of mine passed away last week at the age of 60. That's way to young; it did get me thinking about my life. There's a bit I still want to do. <BR> <BR> A friend from church just got out of the hospital. I went to visit her this morning. She's a bit older than me and was commenting how she feels like her body was getting weaker. Another reminder that life is short. <BR> <BR> I was then on my way to Mom's to check on her, etc. I hopped on the expressway. I large truck in the ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:39:22 EST 2/16/2015 week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876939 Considering I had an odd week, I guess I didn't do too badly. I spent one afternoon at a memorial service and another one at the hospital with Mom. The weather certainly didn't cooperate: lots of snow, lots of frigid temperatures, and me wanting to hibernate. <BR> <BR> Steps: 79572/80556 Minutes: 911/1156 Calories: 3661/4318 Miles: 46.36/52.13 <BR> <BR> Despite the weather forecast to be more of the same, I am hoping to be a little more active this week. I'm looking for some... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:08:23 EST My All-Time Favorite Valentine's Day Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050483891.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775100224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The morning I found out Sherry was pregnant, I read a statement and wrote it down: Sometimes you have to take the sunshine with you. When I wrote it, I didn't know yet that I would be doing just that. My days are brightened with her around. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning started with a Skype with Helena and Sherry. How could this not be my favori... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:36:22 EST A Valentine's Day to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875542 The story began as I went to Mom's yesterday about 12:30. She was in the kitchen when I got there, but soon laid down. After a few minutes, she called me in the bedroom and told me not to leave. She didn't feel right. It soon got worse. Chest pains, hot, cold, clammy, shortness of breath all came on suddenly. So...I got to call 911 for only the 2nd time in my life. <BR> <BR> By the time I got to see Mom in the emergency room, an EKG was done and a urine specimen gotten. A chest x-ray ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:52:47 EST 2/9/2015 Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872742 Something had a hiccup in the system. My numbers today for last week were: <BR> Steps: 80,556 / 77412 Minutes: 1156 / 895 <BR> Calories: 4318 / 3783 Miles: 52.13 ???? / 18.43 <BR> The mileage doesn't add up. I know I tried harder this week, but the steps and the minutes just don't add up to the miles. <BR> <BR> I got a bit done for me. That's a few weeks in a roll now. I'm proud of that and hope to keep it up. It feels good. <BR> <BR> Mom's been pretty consist... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:08:25 EST Words of Wisdom from Dr. Phil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870622 I used to watch Dr. Phil a lot. He's no longer on any of the local stations and I'm so busy most afternoons, that I wouldn't be able to watch him anyway. I always appreciated his no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is way that he has. I came across an article by him that I had saved this morning and re-read it. it still makes a lot of sense to me. <BR> <BR> Dr. Phil’s Words to Live By <BR> Everybody has a personal truth. A strong sense of self is the foundation of personal power. Assert the... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:01:54 EST Progressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869966 I have been unhappy with my lack of schedule and consistency in my life lately. This week, I decided to work on it. Every morning, I have done my exercising, walk, a bit of cleaning and got my shower in before I started on anything else. A few years ago, I did this all the time. Somehow, I let myself get back out of the habit. I am determined to get back into it. <BR> <BR> I spent more time on my knitting and journaling. It's still not as much as I like, but it's an improvement. I k... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:17:36 EST 2/2/2015 The Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867844 I babysat two days last week. I am also home with someone who is recuperating from surgery, so I've been hanging around helping out. Therefore, my numbers for last week are disappointing, to say the least. But they are motivating me to do better this week. <BR> <BR> Steps: 77412/82312 <BR> Minutes: 895/928 <BR> Calories: 3783/3853 <BR> miles: 18.43/18.72 <BR> <BR> granted, the calories and miles weren't that far off, but they were still down. I always struggle in January and Feburary. ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:49:23 EST Dance Party Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865817 Sherry pulled up the "In the Jungle" song from the Lion King and played it for Helena. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:57:35 EST Dance Party Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865812 I wrote yesterday about Helena dancing with me. Sherry sent a video and I just had to post it. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:56:01 EST Dance Party Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865157 Sherry sent me a text message early asking if I wanted to Skype. Of course! <BR> <BR> When we got connected, Sherry told me that she wanted me to see what Helena learned this morning. She started to sing the In The Jungle song from Lion King and Helena was dancing away! <BR> <BR> I have read many times that dancing is a good form of exercise. Now I have a partner that won't laugh at how I dance. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:42:35 EST Seven-month-old Star http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863684 Helena is seven months old today. She continues to amaze and amuse me with what she does and how fast she learns. She's kinda crawling but going backwards more than forward. She learned that if she gets close enough to something to just reach out and grab it and bring it to her. And her laugh is the most beautiful music to me. The two bottom teeth are in - only 30 left to go! <BR> <BR> Sherry and Helena went shopping yesterday with a gift certificate that they got for Christmas. It l... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:37:44 EST Week in Review 1/26/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862792 I did a bit of paper work last week, finishing up my job as warden of the vestry and starting to work on taxes. I knew I sat too long; I felt it in my back and in my TMJ. This week, I am more conscious of how long I sit. I didn't like the pain. <BR> <BR> Steps: 82312/78660 Minutes 928/906 <BR> The steps were greater in proportion to the minutes; I assume I worked faster and harder. <BR> <BR> Calories: 3853/3208 Miles: 18.72/17.88 <BR> I was disappointed that my miles weren't gre... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:52:21 EST