SUECHRIS50's SparkPeople Blog SUECHRIS50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cleaning my closet I was raised to believe clothing was not to be given away or disposed of. I have taken my mom's belief into adulthood and then some. I have clothes of many sizes with the hopes that someday I will wear them again. My husband is the same. The problem is It's starting to look like a hoard. I wear the same clothes a lot because I don't want to face the problem looking me in the face. I cant find what I need <em>2</em> It's Good Friday and I'm at home alone. I've done my exercise so It's time t... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:20:14 EST An Easter Surprise I blogged about Jazzy the little dog I rescued and am perplexed about her.She turns out to be 2 years old, has taken to my granddaughter(not me) and is the most skittish dog I've ever seen. My DH is a dog whisperer <em>246</em> and he says she is experiencing homesickness. After all her family did get rid of her and she don't know where they are. I am super fond of her but she is fond of Aaliyah and alas it can never work out. I will take Jazzy and her to Petsmart on Monday for a leash,bowl... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 23:26:35 EST Dont get a pet just because it's cute I am forever baffled by peoples decisions to dump their pets. <em>239</em> <em>200</em> We are forever getting strays and after I realize they don't belong to neighbors, I call a friend to bring them (or I will) to the Texas Humane Heroes. A guy was tying his poodle to the gate as I was driving by and I stopped by and asked what was causing him to give her up and he said We had a baby!! She was so cute when we got her!! <em>46</em> That's not a good reason people!! Anyway the place wa... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:39:14 EST A New Family Member!! Our New Great Grandson Robert entered this world yesterday!! He and mama are now going home to rest.I held him and he sighed cracked a smile and farted on me! I'm not a computer person so I will try and get someone do it for me so I can put up brag pic's 2 new Greats and a Grand on the way in September!! <em>244</em> We picked up our 9 yr old granddaughter and she helped us with Aaiden on the playground.She spent the night on the Hospital couch cause "I'm too young" she exaggerated with big... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:58:44 EST You dont have to conquer the mountain just climb it I felt like I needed to climb up a hill/mountain and plant a flag. There is nothing saying I have to succeed at going all the way up! I am proud that I walked away without any injuries. A little old man sitting sipping a cold drink told me that I looked troubled and I said I've been trying so hard to get to the top but I poop out each time. He said there's no point in doing that! Just climb until you are done. You wont win a medal and if you do what then? I now look at it from new eyes and no... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:42:16 EST Things not to say Several of my oldies have passed away this month. One passed while I was there volunteering. I hear people say things like "He was old anyway" or "At least she wont cost her family money anymore!! I say keep comments like that in your mouth, are you heartless? Carla Rodriguez died yesterday and her friends DH asked did she leave a will? <em>198</em> I just stood there with my mouth agape!! Edward the most Charming old guy ever was dead an hour and all his long lost niece could think of was ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:07:17 EST A BAD NOT SO GOOD DAY It was partly sunny here in Texas a really nice day. I put our Grandson in the stroller and took off. I needed to burn some stress and almost as soon as I got a mile away the sky opened up! I had a water proof rain shield for the baby but to my horror Baby had taken the rain poncho for me out of the stroller!! That rain was frigid!! I was soaked and to make matters worse the electric was off and I realized my keys were among the things Baby had taken out of the stroller along with his bottle ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 00:18:00 EST Love is... Seeing my reflection in the mirror and loving myself...taking care of my husband...playing with my healthy...exercising for myself...volunteering for my oldies...walking the walk when I don't want to...seeing, hearing, tasting, breathing, walking, touching, feeling, LOVING that God chose to put me here and I'm so happy that I giggle at how lucky I am <em>247</em> SUSAN Sun, 6 Mar 2016 23:20:09 EST Dont You Ever Give Up!! No matter what you are going through, Someone else has it worse than you do.Love who you are every minute you can.Find something everyday to be grateful for.My grandmother always said to me...Do Not complain about having no shoes to the person with no feet..When I wake up I smile whether happy or sad because God gave me another day.I once told my loving DH I felt like dying (from depression) and he said to me DONT YOU EVER GIVE UP!!! You have no right to take yourself away from your kids and ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:46:20 EST Conquering the madness It's hard to come home from a hard day only to see your grown kids in your house eating and leaving a mess! It was Friday and here they were being loud noisy and there sat a huge pile of dishes. Hey Mom my oldest yelled I'm washing clothes I hope that's ok!! What am I going to say NO take your sopping wet clothes to the laundromat?The pregnant Granddaughter was on the computer,The grandson was playing videogames the other daughter was cooking her some egg rolls and my DH was hiding out in hi... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:18:59 EST I had a long scary week We were in a hotel most everyday this week because my mother in law fell and hit her head(she's 95) We were not sure she would pull through which was stressful and scary.It was hard to eat right but I was able to find a park nearby with a nice walking trail. It rained everyday but the most important thing was that MOM is alright and making a recovery at home. The hotel diner offered foods I wouldn't have believed if I had not ordered!! Oatmeal, Quinoa and raspberries. Whole wheat banana panca... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:18:26 EST Signs Im making progress DH hates my memo signs everywhere he says they are embarrassing when someone comes over. The truth is if I don't write down what I need to do I wont do it. The night before I write down a list of the things I need to do on the central write and wipe board in our kitchen. Usually I will get 90% of it done. Otherwise I will play with our 15 month old Grandson(He lives with us LONG STORY) I will walk him in his stroller (my walk too) fit him into a workout (he will dance his booty off) use him t... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:21:09 EST Giving my old people a reason to laugh or smile or BOTH!! I volunteer at a nursing home and I Love It!! I cant rest if I have not ran by and checked on them. Seeing them smile or a chuckle is even better.They are often depressed or saddened by the fact they are not visited often.They make excuses and defend their loved ones but the fact remains that it hurts.We make sure to celebrate Birthdays,Holidays,Anniversaries, Weight Loss ETC. and make up silly things to celebrate.For instance we did crazy sock day(our 9 yr old granddaughter's idea) It was a ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:39:24 EST I forgot to be proud of me I was a big time soda drinker 17 months ago.I had ran out of soda and decided HEY I've got this! NO more soda for me!! I switched to tea,coffee,juice,water,and homemade smoothies. I've given up a lot of sugar and cut my bread habit by half.My DH said he just remembered that my soda habit is gone after he brought me a coke and salad for lunch.I just remembered that though its not a big deal for others I drank a six pack of diet coke a day 17 months ago.I forgot to be proud of me for that!! My ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 23:59:01 EST THE SCALE..... It took me a long time to embrace the idea of staying off the scale. I would be fitting my too-tight clothes again but would get on the SCALE and end up emotional. I felt amazing but would let the SCALE tell me I was still stuck at the beginning. I could lean over and tie my sneakers but still reminded myself of the numbers on the SCALE.I was able to get over that hill or walk longer on the treadmill but still gave the Glory to that almighty SCALE.I was switched over to a new Dr. and she look... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:36:27 EST BLAH HUMBUG!!! Much to my DH happiness I awoke with no voice this morning but I dragged myself out the bed and onto the grindstone <em>527</em> I have a hole in my sneaker and my car ran out of gas!! <em>24</em> I still got on the treadmill and elliptical <em>244</em> Though I still feel like a hot steaming pile of POO I did it <em>247</em> SUSAN Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:32:32 EST Im doing this slowly this time I spent the morning visiting the new Great grandbaby then went to Planet Fitness for some exercise.I am out of shape cause this time around I'm soaking my clothes with sweat! My friend Lisa Jo punked out on me and she's supposed to be my coach!! I looked to see her skinny butt eating donuts and coffee WOW what a wet blanket <em>247</em> SUSAN <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>316</em> <em>361</em> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:47:07 EST YAY!! I lost 2 pounds but the best news is I became a Great Grammy for the 5th time to Phoenix Abraham 7lbs,8oz born today at 12:30 Austin,Texas!!! We are expecting number 6 next month by our Granddaughter <em>334</em> <em>123</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:07:19 EST Today is the first day of the rest of your life! I took a trip to HEB grocery and was on a mission.Get my fruit,lettuce,fish and bread and get out.ALAS that is not how it turned out.As I entered the produce I could hear laughter,rude comments and someone crying.I'm the first to stand up for another person being treated wrong.She was sitting in an electric shopping cart that happened to be stuck,An elderly man standing nearby was berating her for being that GD big and she didn't need to leave her home while snickers and ridicule could be hea... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:44:49 EST Im fighting a demon Its called sugar!I gave up soda 17 months ago but replaced it with candy,honey buns,Little Debbie's you name it!!My DH brings home donuts everyday and before the night is over they are gone <em>18</em> I have gone a week without eating anything sweet but fruit but the demon is on my back and I'm beginning to make excuses as to why one candy bar wont hurt.I know it wont be just one though <em>198</em> The good girl/bad girl are on my shoulder.I know what to do because I have been down this... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:13:52 EST The beauty of Gods plan I was having an off day and felt grouchy. My DH knows better than to expect much of me when I get like this. My life has changed from get up and go when I want to planning packing and car seat buckling for lil guy. He patiently sits in the grocery cart, visits with people and has the biggest brightest SMILE ever! I mean I couldn't ask for a better behaved kid!! When we get home it's another story he goes a hundred miles an hour. I had to stop myself today and count my blessings because GOD ha... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:23:25 EST Jamming to the Oldies My nursing home oldies love to get up and dance. Charlie has been there 10 years because his son thinks he's better off since his wife died and nobody has time to help him out. Anyways when Ralph(his son) is around visiting Charlie, He sits in a chair and pretends he's asleep so Ralph will leave. He's a helicopter son that when around he nags Charlie endlessly to ACT like he is 80!! I brought in some old record albums I found at a thrift store...Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. Bing Crosby, Elv... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:44:28 EST I can do this because Gods got my back It has been a long time since I have felt like blogging. I have yo-yo'd my weight and cant seem to lose a pound until I prayed and asked God to guide me. I have lost 8 pounds since Sunday!! We have our 15 month old grandson Aaiden living with us and I can barely find a minute for ME!! It started as "Oh it will only be 6 weeks" when he was 6 months old.Well let me tell you 9 months later I am a full time MOM/Grammy. He is a total running, climbing, getting into everything baby machine! I have ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:32:05 EST I need a new pedometer watch! I hope you all are doing your best for you.It's a long road and ive spiraled out of control always taking care of everyone but me.I quit drinking any soda 5 months ago,started dancing,pool aerobics,walking the Lions park and housewalking has been my main angle.I had a nice pedometer watch but I lost it while hiking.Can anyone give opinions on the best one to buy??God Bless ya'll <em>247</em> SUSAN Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:47:59 EST Its been a while but im back! Thank the good LORD that I have made some major changes in my life and I'm losing weight,getting my steps,drinking my water and eating my fruit and veggies.I am seeing alot of my oldies at the senior center,walking our neighbors dog while they are away and loving seeing our new grandson Aaiden bloom more everyday!He's laughing out loud now!! He just turned 13 weeks and weighs 13.2.! He is an unexpected blessing that God meant to happen!!I Hope and pray ya'll are finding PEACE and if not you a... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:08:52 EST Please put down your cell phones,they can wait! I watch my grandkids talk and interact with my daughter. She is so busy texting and internetting she forgets her kids are there.They grow up before our eyes anyway. I saw a two year old run in front of a car because mom was engrossed in her phone! I cannot believe the senseless deaths on the highway because our phones cant wait. NOT ME!!I pay close attention on the road, talk to my grandkids and watch little kids when mom or dad is not. Since its New Years Eve DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!! <em>247... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:22:18 EST Misery loves company I was out and about December 22nd running errands. I was feeling rotten and after stopping in at the nursing home to drop off some gifts and food I wished everyone Merry Christmas and went home. I took Motrin laid down and the pain just got worse.The next day on Tuesday I couldn't even fake it. I had a fever, pain in my back I started vomiting while doing dishes and it soon turned into diarrhea. I was in and out of bed all that night and ended up in ER on Christmas Eve. I thought it was a yuc... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:30:54 EST My housework workout I am suffering greatly from Shingles nerve damage but It wont get me down. I have too many things to do!!I baked so many goodies for friends and family, raked leaves, did laundry, mopped floors, Christmas shopped, Danced to a workout video(slow-motion)decked the halls and made dinner. Visited an ailing elderly neighbor lady sat down to read her mail came home drank a cup of chai tea and listened to some relaxing music before I take Aaliyah to see Santa Claus!!No I have not caught my tail yet ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:32 EST a wonderful thing called a smile I have been smiling since I was a baby no matter the circumstances. When I'm having a bad day I still smile. I was at a checkout asking about some shoes when I looked up to a frowning cashier(Ralph). I told him to put a smile on his face and fake it and eventually he will feel it. He Said I doubt it but it's worth a try!!A few minutes later I felt a tap on my shoulder and the cashier was telling me he was getting raves about his smile making people's <em>224</em> day a lot better!!By the w... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:40:08 EST I love all my black brothers and sisters I Love you all from the bottom of my <em>26</em> I know a lot of crap is going on out there but just let it be known God has my heart!!So let Love shine through yours also!! <em>247</em> SUSAN Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:54:49 EST 3 Happy Pit Bulls! So we're out there taking a long walk feeling really good, Out of nowhere comes not one but 3 friendly pit bulls ready for some loving, we racked up a few hundred kisses in about 5 minutes.2 were blues and one was black. My Husband had them under control in minutes safely locked in our backyard. Our neighbor was screaming like they had attacked her and were in the process of eating her! LOL we took a picture of their smiling faces and went door to door but no Luck. We returned home called th... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:42:30 EST My soda wagon After 35 years of being a diehard diet soda drinker,I have undertaken the journey to quit soda completely! I am a total addict and I admit it. There is no in between or cutting back I went cold turkey 60 days ago today.I don't even think about it anymore! Yes I'm on the wagon and will most likely stay on it. I was telling a friend I was out of soda and that I was not buying anymore. After she got through laughing and wiping tears from her face she bet me a new outfit I couldn't go 30 days. We... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:40:24 EST The birth of Aaiden November 4th 2014 was a great day in our family.Our youngest daughter went in to see her Dr.on the 3rd and learned her blood pressure was too high.She had to be induced for her and her baby's health.We soon discovered she was already 5 centimeters and in labor!!She went straight to Labor & Delivery and 9 hours after getting Pitocin gave birth to one of the cutest kids ever(LOL)We all say that!!Aaiden was 7 lbs and 18 1/2 inches and began nursing right away...We breathed a sigh of relief!Kayla... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:55:37 EST 37 years married Yes to the same man!!I have been busy trying to carve out time for myself and it's not easy.Our 20 year old daughter is getting ready to become a mommy and due on 11/11.I have attended every single ob appointment.1st to know the's a boy..his name is Aaidan Markiece and I'm ecstatic to be a labor coach for her.Her Husband is queasy type and dont like blood but plans to come in the delivery.I have lost 23 1/2 pounds since Sept.16th and stopped drinking soda 22 days ago.I'm on the soda a... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:40:18 EST You are beautiful in every single way I'm not a head turner beautiful but my mama taught me to keep a smile on my face and a pep in my step.Do good for others not expecting anything in return.I have a beautiful attitude,heart,and soul.I am a wonderful Mom of 4 and Grammy to almost 10 with 4 Great Grandkids and I'm a super great wife.God blessed me with a positive outgoing personality.I can accomplish anything I attempt to do.One thing I am not is patient with MEAN people.Don't get me wrong I'm not a saint by any means.I laugh at ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:06:14 EST Sometimes being a good citizen backfires! I was running after the neighbors grandson and of course he was in the busy street. I know not my business,but I'm human and nobody was watching him. I'm not going to ignore a 2 year old in the street!! Of course I rang the doorbell to hear them all hollering his name.. JUSTIN!!!His gram answered the door, snatched Justin and asked "What are you doing with him"? Before I could answer his mama comes out the door screaming She could be a kidnapper!!Really would I be changing my mind and bring h... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:40 EST I once was lost but now I'm found... I loved that song as a child and would shamelessly step up on stage and sing my heart out to my minister Granddad. Folks I have been wallowing in grief for my dog! I realized I have not been caring for myself in the last few months. It seems I always jump into taking care of everyone but ME!!I let my weight creep back on noticing my tightening waist in my shorts but not doing anything about it. I have been taking care of so many people and problems this Spring and Summer that I got put on the... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:03:30 EST With God's help I will overcome! Where do I begin?Everything seems to have gone haywire!I guess I will start with my beloved mother in law.She had a relapse from a previous stroke.We rushed to her side and were thrilled to see her sitting up giving the nurses grief(they love her)Our grandsons son was born(that makes us 4 greats)our AC did a nosedive,the car broke down,Our new roof sprung a leak,Our pregnant daughter fell from a rotten porch at her home..scary!She is ok!!We got the car back and on the way home it stalled at a... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:24:28 EST One thing after another I am superwoman ;) I have been so busy with neighbors and family I have barely had a chance to enjoy being LAZY!!Our neighbor had a stroke and I cared for her until she got a daycare nurse, my mother in law also suffered a mild stroke and I stayed with her for 2 weeks! Then our granddaughter broke her leg, we had a house full of grandkids and adults for 10 days, Then our grandsons wife gave birth 5 weeks early(a girl)His brother's wife has preeclampsia she's due with a boy next week, I returned in time to taxi ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:06:28 EST Being happy isnt hard,Just Smile!! My friend was commenting on all that I manage to do and I'm always smiling and HAPPY!Well for a lot of reasons I count my blessings daily.God has made me see whatever I'm going through can be handled and other people are not as lucky.Someone else has it ten times as bad and I'm counting my Lucky Stars.Life in general makes me happy and so smiling makes others or most grateful.We've been getting plenty of rain in Texas and our garden is so busy we can't keep up.Of course if the weeds were mone... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:29:14 EST God Loves me!! We had saved for a vacation when our computer went on the fritz,my car broke down,our heater fan broke in the house,the water line had to be replaced in our guest bathroom,We just got a new roof in October and then a hail storm came along and dropped baseball size hail last month!My dog broke her leg,My oldest grandson had us help him move and my youngest daughter is pregnant.WOOHOO when it rains it pours.I can handle anything that comes my way because above all else I know God Loves me!!Im s... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:29:35 EST The DEVIL puppy I'm usually very patient with animals until this cocker pup moved in <em>198</em> She has bitten me so many times I can't count!I picked her up to dry her feet and she bit my chin.She snarls and keeps to herself.I had exhausted all other forms of training her and began to pray...Lord help me help this little girl get adopted.As I was praying she scooted over and put her paw on my knee!!I handed her a small treat and she sat when commanded to receive it!! <em>200</em> By Golly I was ready ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29:00 EST Evil thy name is soda I did a crazy thing when I saw some soda on sale..I stocked up telling myself I could take it or leave it.A big fat no!Well my sweet friend challenged me to cut back from 3-4 a day to one.After a week im drinking 1 or 1/2 a day and I'm happy to say Im losing my taste for soda!! <em>334</em> The kitten,Squeak and dog have been adopted <em>46</em> I really miss them both.I went to the Goodwill and found about $700 worth of Adidas/Reebok/Nike workout gear for $50..3 pair Nike sneakers like ne... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:43:15 EST my oldies baking goodies My friend Mona swears I treat my seniors like 10 year olds.It's not true but just because a person ages does not mean they want to sit in a rocker on the porch.I consulted with staff nurses before I got some people(almost all)together.We hosted a bake-off of sorts and by golly them was some delicious bread,rolls,strudel,cake,pie,brownies and cookies!!The high school kids were having as much fun as the seniors!!I have to pat myself on the back for that.I put on some music and a dance and fun w... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:16:41 EST I finally have time for me again! Yep!It's true It seems like everyone had a virus going back and forth and I've been a caregiver/ entertainer/errand runner.I'm at the gym daily now to chase away the FAT monster.At least the weather turned nicer.I'm having to go easy because I sprained my ankle mildly.I've had some time with my nursing home patients...doing nails and hair,going shopping(they are so fond of getting away)I took Bernie,Eliza,Rupert and India to the mall.Constance,Millie Thomas and Jake to the movies and Marty to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:35:17 EST Little kitten lost Why am I a kitten magnet?I don't know how little squeak got into our garage but there she was curled on a pile of folded towels,dryer going full blast.I walked out saw her and she was so weak she was squeaking.Skin and bones with beautiful blue eyes.I quickly grabbed my heating pad,wrapped her up in a towel and fed her from a bottle.It was kitten formula!She isn't that old.She gobbled as much as her tummy could hold and literally went limp as a dishrag.I took her photo,printed it out and tape... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:09:31 EST this crazy weather! I cant tell ya'll how many warm gorgeous days we've had this fall and winter 2-3 days it's unbelievably warm then bam!20-30 degrees. Right now its 17.The Dog hesitates at the door runs out to potty and zooms back in the door. I know the feeling when I'm taking out trash or going shopping for food. I love Winter don't get me wrong but brrr! It's super freaking cold. Our youngest DD's pipes froze up and busted and she called me! I said I'm not Wonder Woman Plumber besides I quit that job, There... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:31:53 EST Having a plumber with Buttcrackitis! In the middle of trying to move my ungrateful daughter Kayla, The plumber says it's the only day he can install the new toilets we purchased. Of course our next to the youngest granddaughter is home from school sick and camped out in front of the giant living room tv with the volume way too high. She is a character. Dry cereal is littering the floor and blanket, she is playing the sick card to get a popsicle when the doorbell rings. Graaaaaaaammy she yells.I came running thinking she's needin... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:02:25 EST Grandchild #9 I took some time away to give our expecting daughter some love and attention and see our Granddaughter Lay'lah born.She was born 1-13-14 7lbs.3 oz. and has a head full of black curly hair. Her cousin Alahna was born the same day weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. I'm glad I took some time away because I can lose track of time on the computer! I'm worn out from jet lag, need to do a lot of housework and a long nap. My dog was ecstatic to see her mama and acted like a puppy instead of almost 16 years old. M... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:39:36 EST Gathering coats and canned foods My good friend Maria was helping us do our coats.Maria is 81 and feisty as they come!We have another helper Rob aka hot lips that just so happens to have a crush on Maria.We spent the day making the day for a lot of people that couldn't afford new coats.Rob was making us laugh with his dancing and singing.We had Subway and hot cocoa for lunch.Rob told Maria that she was even hotter than the cocoa!!Rob is 79.Maria told Rob that she is not a "cougar"and we laughed until our sides ached.Our teen... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58:34 EST