SBECKER526's SparkPeople Blog SBECKER526's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Enjoying home It is great to be home. I love sitting at my writing desk and looking out the bay window. Rain is pelting the window. The cat left the window sill and is sleeping by the balcony doors. <BR> <BR> I tried on a suit I bought 6 months ago. It fits better. The joy of working out each day is great. <BR> I plan to attack paperwork later. More fun to watch the rain and gusts of wind. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! Sat, 14 May 2016 15:45:22 EST quiet times I am enjoying a time of planning. I will be facilitating a discussion on the book, The Faith Club for our residents. My team consists of Barbara Hetrick, Chaplain Carl Wenzel, and me. We will present this program to the residents at the May Town Hall. I am very happy to be involved. <BR> <BR> I have several things I always wanted to do coming up....Flower Arranging, Putting Green Social, Everybody's Birthday, and more. Having fun and learning more! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:04:45 EST Feeling close to God I feel so blessed in my life and content. I feel God's presence in my dealing with others. I am a good friend/listener to several people in my new community. I feel God is drawing me closer to them. My life experiences guide me. I am at peace and hence can listen with love and kindness. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:47:44 EST New thing for me I have a new desire to explore the Wyomissing Park. I went on a bird watching walk. I got to the creek and then walked along it. The sunshine was super. We saw many birds. Their sounds and colors were beautiful. I felt so relaxed as well. I was walking for over 2 hours. Great experience...want to do it again! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:10:58 EST Keeping relationships strong I have been caught up with the move and health concerns. Several groups of friends understood. This past week I made certain I got in touch and had time with them. I met my golf buddies on Tuesday evening. We talked about church, golf, and so much more. They are my family. <BR> <BR> I met with my Breast Cancer Support Services group for an elegant luncheon. What fun to celebrate our volunteers. Worried about one of my friends and her headache. <BR> <BR> When I retired I met a group... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:28:59 EST Fitness Surprises for ME! I felt so stressed and in pain around January 1st. Then things changed in surprising ways. <BR> 1. We found a buyer for our house. Settlement occurred on March 11th. <BR> 2. The shoe inserts relieved foot pain. <BR> 3. Did the Vionic sponsored Spark Challenges and decided to try their action shoes and sandals. Wow, what a difference for me. <BR> 4. Worked on quality of sleep after I used my fitbit flex. <BR> 5. Moved to a Blaze so I could do more. <BR> <BR> I now walk almost 10,000 st... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:31:02 EST Thrilled with the Highlands Each day I find more ways to celebrate our move into the Highlands at Wyomissing. Bob and I have a secure environment. We are surrounded by well-educated people. There are so many things to do with art, music, history, the seniors college at Alvernia, and movies. The food is super. Trips abound; community service opportunities are frequent. <BR> <BR> The facilities are great. The swimming pool is salt water filtered (not clorine). The fitness center has pneumatic machines to adjust we... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:08:25 EST Holidays at our community I am grateful for the warm, caring environment at the Highlands. Bob and I had Easter dinner in our favorite restaurant. The servers were adept and got our dinners to us. There was a server who ran the dinners to kept them ultra hot. I grew up with a father who always had leg of lamb for dinner on Easter. We have not had lamb for sometime. I had sliced leg of lamb today. It was soo good and steeped in memories of Easter passed. My husband chose orange roughy. The fish was done perfec... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:43:12 EST New focus and lift Bob and I have a more relaxed attitude. We feel less stress. We are enjoying time in our apartment and checking out the buds on the trees. Snaggles had his squirrel look at him from the balcony. A baby cardinal chirped at him. I read a book and the Sunday paper. <BR> <BR> We had a good meal in the Wyomissing Club restaurant. I did some volunteer work on the computer. There is so much that I want to do. <em>137</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:49:39 EST House is sold! <em>12</em> The time finally arrived when all the paperwork was in order. Our settlement happened at 4 pm on March 11th. Our realtor, Tom Degler, represented Bob and me. Everything went smoothly today. <BR> <BR> The couple who bought our home has 4 children and 2 dogs. They are delightful and hardworking. They will give our former home character and love. Ali stated he wants to be there for a long time. We are thrilled to know that they will live there. <BR> <BR> It was a positive ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 02:20:37 EST Accepting the delay My husband and I really want to have the settlement on our house occur. Fellow residents shared that they had similar delays and problems. My real estate agent shared that the new law on mortgages states that hand written comments and changes cannot be made. If something is found to be done incorrectly, it must be mailed to the buyers. The buyers have 3 days to respond. <BR> <BR> We are trying to be patient. Not real easy....We have expensive vacant house insurance..... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 19:30:11 EST Mixed emotions tonight We will sell our house soon. I walked through the house today. I remembered when we bought the house 43 years ago. I remembered cooking meals as a new bride. Thank God we did not smoke alarms then. I remembered my first holiday dinner that I cooked for my parents and subsequent dinners for family and friends. <BR> <BR> I remember how Bob and I retreated to the family room when we had to study for our master's degree comprehensives. I remember working on my computer as I did research f... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 23:16:21 EST Discerning what I want to do Now that the move is almost finished with paperwork and the sale of the house to go, I will spend time discerning what I am called to really do. In the 6 months of living in my new apartment, I see the value of enjoying each day and not being defined by a full calendar. <BR> <BR> I am also looking at organizations that I have served for 10 years now. It is time for the next group of retirees to take over some functions. I love attending exercise classes, wellness programs, and educationa... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:51:21 EST Getting closer to settlement My husband and I are 10 days out in the settlement of our house. It will be a huge relief to have that done. I am getting more into the routine of the Highlands. I am making good choices as to what I do. The seminars and exercise classes are great. I may go on two day events. <BR> <em>425</em> We had a 30 inch snowfall and a 5 inch snowfall. A storm with snow, sleet and ice is projected for Tuesday. I am so glad to live in a community where snow shoveling and car clean-0ff is done. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:17:42 EST Busier than ever! I have my busy moments. I limit them to two hours a day. I do my phone calls, computer work and meetings. I will not schedule more than two hours. <BR> <BR> I also schedule my exercise time as my ME time. I do mind-body and also strength. I walk and cycle almost every day for cardio. <BR> <BR> I am peaceful and less stressed. The cat helps calm me also. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:42:22 EST still exercising I really enjoy exercising. I try to walk 3 miles each day. I am cycling 30 minutes on days I don't get to classes. I do one tai chi class , one QiGong class, one Aqua Class, one Zumba, and one yoga class per week. I hope to work in one pilates class. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:10:28 EST Appreciation for all those who helped during our 30 inch storm All o f the people who touched my life during the storm gave of themselves. From the drivers who brought key personnel to our residence to keep us going with food and service. The maintenance and grounds people who had so much to do to clean walkways, roofs, drives, and even our cars. The young servers had fun as they slept over 2 nights. I see so much good in the staff and in the residents. I found this to be an adventure. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:21:47 EST Enjoying life I am enjoying meeting new people and to hear their stories. Each of us has challenges and special traits that are great to hear about. I have a new friend who is facing heart surgery. She inspires me with the calmness and faith she prepares for surgery.. <BR> <BR> My housekeeper has strong values. I realize that her cleaning reflects her desire to help others. Faith is deep in our approaches to daily life. <BR> <BR> Others, too, face problems. Their faith and belief gives them grace... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:09:20 EST Progress in defining new life My husband and I completed the new resident orientation and found the program to be worthwhile. We understand our new environment and the governance of it as well. I have a deep respect for the planners. My apartment is safe and comfortable. <BR> <BR> Our house has been on the market for 5 months. I was getting down thinking that it would not move. Alas, we have a sale pending on the securing of a mortgage. I am hopeful. Once the house is sold then we can dig into our new life. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:55:03 EST Hopes I have many hopes as I look at 2016. Here are a few of them. <BR> 1. We sell our home of 42 years. <BR> 2. We continue to adjust to our new lifestyle at the Highlands of Wyomissing. <BR> 3. Enjoy good health and times with friends. <BR> 4. Work at exercise and proper eating. <BR> 5. Enjoy the small things in life. <BR> 6. Work for peace, dignity and compassion. <BR> <BR> There are always more, but I picked my top 6. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>551</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:55:29 EST Getting better Physical therapy and my guide to fitness are helping. I am regaining strength in my knee. Yesterday I climbed the 30 steps to my apartment without pain. I can use the bathtub and get up from the floor after playing with Snaggles, my cat. I am cycling each day and doing all the pt exercises. I do my other exercises as well. I did some classes as well. I am now working on wall squats with the fitness ball and other items. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful gift for the new year! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:08:54 EST Eating and Exercising I now have my plan for exercising in place with low impact cardio, strength, yoga, tai chi and qigong. I try to cycle in my apartment for 20 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> I make sensible breakfasts each day. We have a snack of fruit, carb, and protein for lunch. We then have a 4 course dinner each evening. I keep to 1500-1600 calories per day. <BR> <BR> I also take classes on topics that interest me. I plan to start a walking program on January 2nd. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:56:47 EST Beautiful Christmas I am so blessed. Our move to the Highlands at Wyomissing was so perfect. The opportunities and fellowship are great. My friends also contributed so much more. The thoughtful gifts, excellent dinner by Sherry, sangria wine to have next week, holiday meals, and great entertainment. <BR> <BR> Today I had dinner in the Wyomissing Club with Bob. We enjoyed turkey and ham with all the trimmings. The apple pie was awesome. And the lobster bisque. The chef and sous chef are amazing. <BR> ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:24:51 EST Special time in my life This is a special time in my life. My years of working are behind me. All of the stuff we accumulated was auctioned, sold at a flea market, or donated. We have what we need (and a little extra), Our apartment meets our needs. Life is better than when we were in our home. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have more time together to enjoy the sunset from our balcony. We know what matters most and hold the time we have as precious. I no longer feel I must define myself. I know my strengths and... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:57:17 EST Acceptance of a new normal I am blessed and happy. I am learning to accept my limitations and to make adjustments. It is okay not to get to a church service at 9 am if my body needs more time to get ready. I also am not scheduling many appointments prior to 10 am in general. Mornings are to say a prayer of gratitude for my day with all its blessings. Mornings are to play with the cat and help Bob as needed. <BR> <BR> My TENS unit is helping to block pain in my knee. I am still actively doing all the physical t... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:37:45 EST Blessed and Fortunate! My husband and I are blessed to be living at the Highlands of Wyomissing. We decorated our apartment and started Christmas cards. We are just sending a few as my RA and hands find writing to be a challenge. We are enjoying concerts, holiday parties, classic Christmas movies, dinners with new friends and more. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I entered the raffle and won the wall decoration that hangs in our foyer. I am... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:38:13 EST Different Holidays We are beginning our holiday season with dinner in the restaurant we enjoy. The meal will be at 12:30 pm. <em>428</em> We consider that we are celebrating with our new family. I made reservations for Christmas Day. <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I have new Jewish friends so we will enjoy a Jewish meal on December 10 for Hanukkah. I am experiencing new things. I feel like a kid in a candy store with all that is happening. <BR> <BR> We will attend the New Years Eve dinner, game night and ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:35:34 EST Less is More! I have less space and things. I now can find what I need. I am learning to toss out stuff if I want to replace something. Gifts are really special events or services when I can do so! <BR> <BR> I will do some gift cards to places my friends like. I am shopping at the gift shop at the Highlands, Its a Gift in West Reading, and making the holiday fun. We are planning a trolley tour of the area as well. Bob is enjoying simple things as well. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:15:13 EST The during stage I am enjoying life so much more now that I am in my apartment. It helped me purge my material possessions and get my priorities straight. I am still adjusting to the new life. I am enjoying each day. I think many times before I purchase an item. I am trying to determine how much cooking I need to do. <BR> <BR> I had a very swollen and painful knee. Plus my heel hurt. I visited my doctor and got a cortisone shot. That was a good learning experience. I also got heel insoles that are ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:57:12 EST Adjusting to new apartment I lived in a house for 43 years. I did not think a move to an apartment would be a big thing. Yet, I needed to give myself time to adjust. I find the housekeeping schedule to be perfect. The arrival of fresh linens for the bed and towels is super. We visited the 3 restaurants and learned about the differences and options of them. The selection of foods and pricing are outstanding. <BR> I need to get into the rhythm of classes, lectures, meetings, dining with new friends, and much more. ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:06:06 EST On the mend! I had so much knee and heel pain that I was not up to exercising and really felt horrible. My doctor recommended a cortisone shot in the knee. I also got inserts for my sneakers. T.hat was on Tuesday. Today I got to walk 3.5 miles (got a fitbit) Yeah! Still love the apartment. Really happy Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:27:02 EST Gently resuming exercise I need to focus on yoga, tai chi, and qi gong at the moment along with water exercises in the pool. I must have injured my knee as it tends to be painful. I actually do some strength twice a week. <BR> <BR> My foods are great. I specialize in small portions. I managed to lose 6 pounds since I moved. <BR> <BR> Life is busy, but slower. I do not leave the Highlands as much. I am very happy. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:54:20 EST Less pain and healing I have less pain. I declared it time to put exercise back into my appointment schedule. I find I can take care of Bob and the cat. Since I go downstairs (one floor) and get a walk along hallways as as my warm up, I can get to class in under 5 minutes. I take Qi Gong and zumba on Saturday. I take aqua classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I take yoga flow on Monday and Friday. I can get a walk on the trail with a group for 60 minutes every Tuesday. I get Tai Chi on Wednesday aft... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 21:58:24 EST Returning to exercise classes I am getting back into attending exercise classes - now at the Highlands. I enjoyed a yoga class, two aquatic exercise classes, water walking/swimming, walking a trail, qigong, zumba and more. I did all of these in 6 days. I did not have to drive. <BR> <BR> I cross one road and get to my favorite trail, The Wyomissing Trail. The woods and hill are nearby. Got to the top of the hill. Yeah! We finally had sun in the 6 days. <BR> <BR> I have new friends of all ages. Yet, I still get ou... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:48:06 EST Loving my new life I moved into the Highlands at Wyomissing 3 weeks ago. I prepared for the move for 9 weeks ahead of that. I visualized my new life and felt ready to make the move. Caring for the house interfered with the care of my husband and my own needs. It was time to move. <BR> <BR> I feel I need to pinch myself that I have this beautiful apartment. It is my home. I have what I need and enjoy. Life is very good. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:06:12 EST at home I love our new home. I also am happy with less stuff. I am resorting items and finding more order in my life. I really like having a stackable washer-dryer in my walkin closet. I am in heaven. Snaggles adjusted well. He is playful and loves the deep window sills in our rooms. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:39:14 EST Moving accomplished We moved to our apartment a few days ago. We no longer have boxes in each room. The movers and resettlers did a great job. I have a few things to finish. I have a group cleaning out my house this coming week. <BR> <BR> I prayed much during the week. When the movers arrived, we had a praying mantis on our screen door. I took that to be a positive sign. Prayer was in order. <BR> <BR> Snaggles is adjusting to his new home. He loves the Bay Window. He also gets on the bathroom window... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:46:23 EST Soon! I am reworking the layout of our apartment once again. I just didn't feel good about some items. We added a server and a scooter. I then checked switches and more. I felt some things needed adjustment. Now to take a photo of it. <BR> <BR> We made some decisions that are different. First of all, we will entertain guests in one of the private dining rooms for dinner. I will not cook dinners. Better for my RA! <BR> <BR> Next, we can use the living room clusters in the common concourse ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:50:03 EST Getting stronger I had several weeks of severe RA pain. I also was doing too much in preparation for our move. Finally the move is 10 days away. I went through all boxes. Everything is set to move. I need to use up more food. I need to finish some sorting of stuff. I have 3 deliveries to make to the Animal Rescue League with bedding for animals, the electronic recycling center with old laptops, and finally the Friend of the Library with books. I must get these done by the end of the week. <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:17:25 EST Wellness is a priority I am making time for all facets of wellness. I exercise each day. I am sticking with my food program. I communicate and go out with friends. I am taking my meds. Spending time with my husband and cat are foremost. I feel blessed. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have stress of moving and building a new community. I can handle it with balance. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:11:46 EST Almost there! I will have a new beginning soon. I have numerous chores to finish. I need to contact the cable company and pay off my la-z boy rocker-recliner. I have the closets and cupboards almost done. The drawers of the chests and storage cabinets are super packed. <BR> <BR> I studied the online menus of the dining rooms. I know what meals I will make in my apartment. I am using up stuff in my pantry to make the move easier. I am making one round of each seeing that I have the pots and pans to ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:41:44 EST One day at a time <img src=""> Snaggles got to the vet. I must have a care plan for the Highlands. I have the veternarian, my cat sitters, possible adopter and more. I am interviewing sitters. Whew! <BR> <BR> I am still packing. I find so much stuff. We want to give to charities whenever we can. My senior advisor, Liz Fry, is awesome. I am learning so much from her. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 23:20:01 EST My world is full of helpers I feel so blessed to have the support that I need. <BR> Friends who are witnessing my advanced directive for my doctors and new residence. <BR> Senior moving managers who clue me into my next step, advise me what to take, and help me get used to my new life. <BR> My housekeeper who makes me laugh! <BR> Snaggles who wants to play, eat and sleep! <BR> My husband who is in awe of the changes. <BR> Friends who offer to help and and do. <BR> Friends who want to get me out of the joy of packing for... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:08:00 EST Fixing up to sell I had a list of 4 things that my realtor recommended to have fixed prior to putting the house up for sale. I contacted my friend who is a painter/handyman. Within 4 days he fixed everything for us. My husband is thrilled. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:39:54 EST Getting closer to deciding what to take I have most of the boxes in the attic checked. I had a few surprises. I diagrammed my storaige area and then measured the size of my tote. I have a plan for my husband's dialysis supplies and what I want to store. <BR> <BR> I am analyzing the types of meals that I will make on my 10 days a month. That determines what I stock in my pantry, refrig and freezer. It also tells me what kitchen stuff I need. I hope to review recipes. I studied the menus from the Highlands over the past mont... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:20:38 EST Finalist in Silver Sneaker Inspiration Award My gym nominated me as a candidate for the Richard Swanson Award from Silver Sneakers. I made it to a finalist position. If you are willing, would you want to vote for me? <BR> <BR> HOW TO VOTE: Click on the link and select "VOTE" next to the finalist of your choice. <BR> P.S. You can vote once every 24 hours, so come back tomorrow! smile emoticon <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:32:13 EST Seeking Balance! I went out with some friends Sunday and Monday. I enjoyed their company and thoughts. We went for walks at the Rodale Institute and Gring's Mill. Whew! We had high humidity and temperatures. Tomorrow is golf night with my friends. Yeah!! <BR> <BR> I finished shopping for our apartment. It helped to decide what we are taking. I also met with the designer and also with my senior mover. I have a clear picture of how beautiful the apartment will be. My senior mover is superb. We are on... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:48:45 EST 7 weeks to move <img src=""> This is the main entrance of our residence. Our apartment overlooks the fountain and main drive. Yes, it is on 113 acres of land and adjacent to many walking trails. I have much to do to get ready. We are now gearing to move on September 9th. <BR> I have a few things to decide on taking and then having folks remove items. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled with Liz, my senior mover. She is service orie... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:45:16 EST Moving ahead The interview was great. We saw the apartment again. Did some measurements. Worked on plans. Enjoyed dinner and social hour with residents. I am very happy and content. <BR> <BR> We meet with our realtor on Monday. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:57:19 EST Transitional time We have an interview with the medical director and social worker of the Highlands at Wyomissing soon. I am eager for that interview and approach it with joy. I really need to move and avoid steps, snow shoveling and more about the house. <BR> <BR> If all goes well, then I meet with the designer to select colors and such for the apartment. The cat, Snaggles, goes with us as well. <BR> <BR> I then have to continue to go through stuff although the pressure seems less. I have a senior mov... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:26:27 EST