PHATPAT18's SparkPeople Blog PHATPAT18's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The unofficial end of summer. Labor day, the unofficial end of summer. The pools close, anyone who hasn't started off the new school year yet, will be going back and people start dressing in their long pants and long sleeve shirts. Well, I'm not ready for that. With another week in the 90's, it just doesn't seem like Mother Nature is having any of it either. Look at the calendar people, summer still has another 2 weeks. As some say goodbye to summer, I say, keep it coming Mother Nature. <BR> <BR> Pat Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:41:32 EST Beaches and exercises. I think the best place to exercise is at the beach. Tomorrow starts my 9 day beach vacation where I plan to walk, swim and enjoy myself. <em>298</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:31:56 EST back at last It's been over a year and a half since I have posted a new blog. I don't know why I got away from this, maybe it's watching a 3 year old 5 days a week, ten hours a day. I'm going to conscientiously try to post a blog once a week. Since I posted last, I have a new grandson, bringing the total up to 3. He was born August 21, 2015. <img src=""> Since my daughter has a job as a director at a daycare/preschool, he... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 14:19:04 EST The new deck! Finally I am posting pictures of my new front deck (porch). <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:10:36 EST A great day with my three favorite guys. Today my husband and two grandsons went to the water park. It was the perfect day with the high of 80 and plenty of sun. We had a great time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:01:12 EST Happy Birthday My grandson is turning one today. He had his first piece of birthday cake and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a practice birthday cake because today is his birthday, but his real party is on Sunday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:05:38 EST Polar Bear Open Today my husband had to work at the Polar Bear Open. It is a golf tournament to benefit needy children and single parents. He asked me to come take some pictures, but I got there too late to get pictures of the golfers. I was put to work cleaning the carts (great exercise) and quickly found out that all the carts were fueled by alcohol. I threw away many half filled coffee cups, but not one single half filled beer can. It was fun to help out. There was plenty of snow still on the grou... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:03:57 EST Back from vacation. I have to say the temptation to overeat on vacation is lessened by the temptation to walk the beach and pick up shells and coral. Here are some of the more beautiful pieces picked on the beautiful shores of Pompano Beach, just north of Miami. A lighthouse down the beach, but unfortunately on the other side of the channel was also a favorite walking spot. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:47:25 EST Happy Halloween A terrible night for trick or treating, but with the time moved up to 5:30 to 7:00 pm, it was mostly light out for the kids. It was pouring down rain and a strong wind. It will get worse as the night goes on. I had candy for 124 kids but decided to double up. Turns out we needed more candy as about 100 kids showed up. We raided my grandson's candy stash and were able to finish out the night. Here are my 2 favorite trick or treaters Batman, Donovan and Robin, Davis. <BR> I hope everyon... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:17:45 EST Oops, I missed the picture of the new dining room. This is the new dining room that runs into the kitchen. The faux fire place that has been in the family since the 1930's got a much needed updating. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:35:36 EST Finally done!!! The kitchen renovations are now complete. The day after Labor day the real labor began. Day one was the demolishing day. Here' what it looked like. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The progress continued: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:31:47 EST Warning! A friend sent me this scam and I thought I would pass it on to save someone an expensive lesson. <BR> Beware of people bearing gifts . <BR> <BR> There is a new and clever credit card scam. Please circulate this. <BR> Someone it happened to says it works like this: <BR> <BR> Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that <BR> he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers" asking if I was <BR> going to be home because there was a package for me, and the caller <BR>... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:10:24 EST Dancing baby! My 6 month grandson, Davis, has been going to zumba with me for the past 4 months and in the past was satisfied with sitting in his stroller and watching grandma. Well not any more. He starts out innocent enough, but after a while, he wants to get up and moving. Doing zumba with a 15 pound baby in your arms changes a cardio workout into a strength training routine. Now when you hold him up by his hands and say dance, dance, he lifts his leg and shakes his bottom. Now there's one fit baby... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:21:42 EST What are my triggers and what can I do about it? I have been asked by my over 55+ team to blog about what makes me overeat and what can I do to overcome this problem. <BR> Let me start with looking at the most common reasons people overeat. <BR> 1. Boredom <BR> 2. Lazy <BR> 3. Low self-esteem <BR> 4. Self sabotage <BR> 5. Stress <BR> 6. Time constraints <BR> 7. Love of food <BR> 8. Other people's influence <BR> 9. Given up <BR> 10Social settings <BR> <BR> Let me see which ones apply to me. <BR> 1. Boredom, yes, when my husband is at wor... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:24:03 EST Meeting up with a spark buddie. Today, my spark friend, Deb (Bubblestoo) was passing through Columbus on vacation and we had a chance to meet. This is the first person on sparks that I have met. I took her and her husband Jeff to the Hollywood Casino, where we enjoyed some free play. After that I had them follow me to the First Responder's Park in Hilliard, Oh. These were people that helped out on 9-11 and 2 pieces of the fallen Trade Centers are there. Here is me and Deb in front of one of the pieces. <BR> <img src=... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:59:13 EST Lifeguards With lifeguards like this, you may want to be rescued. LOL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My beautiful grandsons at the water park last Friday with grandma and grandpa an mommy. <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:36:54 EST Never quit pledge. Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:28:04 EST Be careful who your friends are. I thought I had made a friend. She seemed interested in me and my family. We worked out together. Our grandkids played together and were in the same kindergarten class. Things changed though. She started putting people down. Trashing them to their faces and talking about them behind their backs. This was not a healthy relationship. Although she appeared to like me, she was lying to my face for over a year. The end to the friendship was necessary. I feel relief, but also a bit of fea... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:20:44 EST Ugh! I watched the Nathan's national hotdog competition today from Coney Island. The winner, Joey Chestnut consumed 69 hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes. They call these guys athletes. How can indulging in binging be considered a sport. How sad is that? Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:24:42 EST Almost done. I watch my grandsons during the school year. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made all of my doctor's appointments for summer break. <BR> <BR> After a week at the beach, I had my first appointment for my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Blood pressure 160/62. Doctor took me off diaretics. Blood sugar Alc 5.6, no longer considered pre diabetic. Cholesterol below 200. Another victory. <BR> <BR> Next it was the eye doctor. No cha... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:16:03 EST Vacation 2013 Hi everyone, back home in Columbus Oh after a great week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Donovan getting down with a Shark! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Conga around the pool! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Arg! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All washed up! <B... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:22:55 EST Kindergarten graduation What a joyous day to see my grandson, Donovan, graduate from Kindergarten. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The proud parents and little brother. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Aunt Melanie took time off to attend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Baby Davis has big shoes to fill. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:05:00 EST When to walk away. I have a friend. We are neighbors. We started going to Zumba together. Our grandkids play together after school. So why do I want to walk away? She no longer encourages me by going to Zumba. Her idea of a good time is to go out to eat or sit in a lawn chair watching the kids play. I need to be active, I need to limit my meals out. I also need someone to encourage me. I don't need to hear her build up her 35 year old son and degrade her DIL, who lives in the same house. I don't need ... Sat, 18 May 2013 12:01:19 EST A day for poetry. I feel like composing a poem today, so let's see how this works out. <BR> <BR> I started Sparks a year ago, not so very long. <BR> Compared to other weight loss plans, this one is very strong. <BR> The food and exercise trackers help to lead the way. <BR> To better health and energy, to help me through my day. <BR> I could not make it by myself, Spark friends are sure the key. <BR> To make my life much better, a slimmer, trimmer me. <BR> <BR> Pat <em>220</em> Sat, 4 May 2013 12:37:45 EST Black cat This morning I was walking my grandson to the bus stop with the baby in the stroller. I had a black cat cross my path. Instead of falling for the usual superstition, I thanked God for the green grass, slight breeze, sun shine, tulips and daffodils in bloom and all that is good. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>239</em> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:04:53 EST Happy anniversary! One year ago - Today <BR> <BR> weight 240 - 194 <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> pants size 24 - 18 <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> attitude poor - wow <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> spark friends 0 - 56 ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:20:49 EST We did it! I am so surprised, I took my 7 week old GS, Davis, to Zumba. I wasn't sure if he would sleep through the 40 minute class, and he didn't. He woke up half way through and just watched me. He got a little cranky and I picked him up and he danced with me. After one and one half songs, he let me put him back in his carseat. He was watching every move I made. I thought I might have to give up my Monday and Wednesday classes, but I don't because, we did it! <BR> <BR> <em>350</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:59:46 EST For all of you Leos out there. Today I was reading my horoscope in the newspaper and it was very uplifting, so I thought I would share it with you. <BR> <BR> LEO <BR> (July 23-Aug. 22) <BR> Luckily, change doesn't happen instantly. If it did, existence would be chaotic and meaningless. The change you're making is a slow process, and it is going well. You'll see in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Very appropriate! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:23:12 EST Here we go again. Well last month after vacation I went to the doctor for pain in my jaw. My Doctor diagnosed an infection and put me on a 10 day prescription (antibiotics). I had lost 4 lbs from my last visit in February and I had just gotten back from a 10 day vacation. I finished up my meds like a good girl and one day after, my pain came back. Unfortunately it was Saturday and I could not get back in to the doctor until today. Well, long story short, another (or maybe the same) infection. This time I ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:59:33 EST Loving the hard work. I had no idea that watching 2 kids all day would be so exhausting. I now watch my 6 week old and 6 year old grandsons while my daughter and SIL are at work. At first I thought I would be having Wednesdays off because my SIL had that day off each week. But the day I started, he also started a new job with long days. Oh well, even though I come home thoroughly exhausted, it is a labor of love. One day, I know my grandsons will appreciate the love they were given during their formative yea... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:40:31 EST Optimism finally pays off. I've always kept my head up even when the scale would not budge. I was stuck at 197 for over a month. (Maybe I should just call it maintaining.) Well this morning, low and behold 196! It may not seem like much to some people, but to me, it shows that I can do this and keep at it for as long as it takes. <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:48:50 EST What a difference a new pair of sneakers can make. I have 2 daughters, one works out all the time but is still heavy. She eats right and is still heavy. She just had a baby by C-section 5 weeks ago and was back in the gym at 4 weeks doing zumba, hip-hop and using the machines. I know she will get back in shape after because she is and has been committed to good health. My second daughter is 23. She just keeps going up and up in weight. At one point she said she did not want to lose weight and did not want to talk about. She was happy w... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:11:07 EST Good news I went to the doctors today because I thought I had an infection (which I do) but I was talking to her about my most recent blood sugar tests from a month earlier. Good news, she said I am no longer considered pre-diabetic. I also lost 4 lbs since my last weigh in with her. She has started to refer her patients to Spark People. Yeah! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:18:50 EST Was it the beer, the sun or a combination of both? I went in the pool today at our hotel and then went in to change clothes before heading down to the beach. My husband went down to the beach before me. I changed into a new bright pink and white tank top and shorts and headed down. I was on the crossover walk when I found my husband and he saw me. He said that when he saw me come over the crosswalk, he though it was a young spring breaker. So I have to ask, do you think it was the beer, the sun or a really great husband? Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:10:52 EST Getting better The weather here in sunny Florida is improving and so have my steps. 12,000 today between souvenir shopping and beach walking. Yeah! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:49:00 EST Easy Steps It is so much easier getting in your steps when you are walking on the beach. You don't have the same pressure on your knees when the surface you are walking on gives a little. Walking on pavement always does me in. I got in over 10,000 steps today. <em>47</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:45:22 EST Buying new jeans. I'm not a size 4, heck, I'm not even a size 14, but I was a size 24 last year. Today I bought a nice pair of size 18's. For me, that is a success. <em>9</em> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:14:13 EST My glass is always half full. Some may think that being stuck at the same weight for 5 straight weeks is a reason to get down, but I am not. I am so blessed. <BR> I have a new grandson born on Valentine's day. <BR> I have a six year old grandson that is my little man. He's bright and outgoing and does well in Kindergarten. <BR> My 2 daughters live within 5 miles of me. <BR> My husband loves me very much. <BR> I don't weigh 240 like I did last April. <BR> I am going on a vacation next week. <BR> I got great test results ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:53:38 EST New Baby The new baby was born today. For those of you that follow me on Sparks, Baby Davis Nathaniel was born today at around 1:15pm. He is 8 lbs. 7 oz. He has dark black hair is 19 inches long and has great lungs. LOL We'll be back to see him later this evening. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:16:32 EST Lucky me! My husband usually gets up around 10:00 am. This morning I got up at 5:30 am because I could not sleep. My daughter is having a C-section tomorrow and I will be a second time grandma. I went to Zumba this morning and class starts at 9:15. While I was gone, my husband got up early and went out and got me roses for Valentines Day. He said it was the only time he could sneak out and get them to suprise me. I am so blessed to have a new baby coming, a great husband and many, many Spark Frie... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:18:11 EST Good news I went to Zumba class this morning. I usually go on Monday and Wednesday mornings. They announced this morning that they will be having a third class on Thursday evenings at 5:30. This class will also be 15 minutes longer. Zumba is my favorite excercise and I may be able to make some new friends in the new class. Hooray! <BR> <em>355</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:12:26 EST I reached level 15 today. I try to log in everyday and try to get at least 100 Spark Points each day. I have been on sparks since last April, so to have over 30,000 points in less than 10 months, I feel is a worthy accomplishment. I am so happy I have been introduced to Spark People and I love all of my new Spark buddies. <em>252</em> <em>458</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:15:48 EST A dedication to a very special lady. Today my MIL would have turned 100 if she had not passed almost 3 years ago from a fall. What I would say to her today if she were still here is this. I am proud of the woman that you are. I am special to you and you let me know it. There is such a thing as eating chocolate in moderation as you prove by taking one or 2 bites of your favorite food each day and then putting it away. That always improving your mind gives you mental strength that can sustain you for life. And most of all th... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:48:05 EST TGIF You may think it's crazy for a retired person to look forward to the weekend, but I really do. I have my energy filled 6 year old grandson that stays with me while his parents work. He wants to be active all day and has outgrown naps. He is in AM kindergarten and that is when I get things done. So when he gets picked up after work on Friday, I am ready for the break. So TGIF! Wishing everyone a restful weekend. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:08:39 EST Jumping on the January 1st bandwagon. Many people just use January 1st to jump on the weight loss bandwagon. Guess what? There is plenty of room for everyone on Spark People. If you want to stick with your resolution to lose, this plan is full of losers (and I mean that in a good way). Come aboard, we would love to have you. Stick around, you'll be glad you did. Enjoy life, health and new friendships. I love all of my Spark friends, I love the program and you can't beat the price. Best wishes to all for a successful 201... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:20:41 EST Happy Holidays I have communicated through the message boards with a lot of different people. I like to consider each and everyone of you to be my friend. I wish all of my buddies a happy holiday season. I feel truly blessed. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:11:54 EST What's different about this place? Something was very different when I woke up this morning. What could it be? The air felt fresher, inhale, exhale, yes something different this morning. I was able to jump out of bed quickly, what could it be? Christmas is still a week away. Why did my eyes twinkle? Why was my smile wider? Oh, what could be different? Did all my hard work pay off? Was I finally in "Onederland"? Was this place for real, or a childhood fantasy like the tooth fairy? No, I stepped on the scale, and wh... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:04:43 EST What are our kids learning in school these days. This is a true conversation on our bus stop last Friday. <BR> <BR> Fourth grade boy: <BR> Did you know that the Titanic had a sister ship? <BR> <BR> Third grade girl: <BR> Yeah, it was called Santa something. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> Santa Maria? <BR> <BR> Third grade girl: yeah! <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> Sorry, that was one of Columbus' ships. <BR> <BR> Another fourth grade girl: <BR> She's right (r... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:09:40 EST Warm hands, warm heart. I take my grandson to the bus stop every school day. He is 6 and in kindergarten. This morning it was 26 degrees with the windchill in the teens. There are two girls at the bus stop. One is in 3rd grade, one in 5th. From what I have observed over the past few months is that the girls are both poor and shy. One girl came to the bus stop on a cold morning with medical gloves on and the other with no gloves on. They rarely speak to me and another grandma at the bus, and today was no excep... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:05:20 EST All Aboard...Next Stop "Onederland." I have finally made it half way to my goal. It took 9 months to lose 40 lbs. My final goal is to be at 160. I am hoping be in Onderland before Christmas. I will probably need all of 2013 to get to my 160 goal. I am determined, and I will do it. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:03:11 EST