TPETRIE's SparkPeople Blog TPETRIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Good and Busy Weekend! I had a wonderful but busy weekend. Saturday I needed to go grocery shopping plus other errands. <BR> I also did some more painting. On Sunday I did my housework, more painting and plenty of exercise. Come 8PM I was doing my sparkpeople and I fell asleep. I woke up and went to bed. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:23 EST Snow Again!!! Today I needed to go outside and clear the vehicles and shovel the walkways and steps. The only good part of that was I got in some exercise! Well any way the sidewalks are clear and my husband did the snow blowing. Amen to that! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:33:22 EST Not Feeling Well!!! Yesterday was not a good day. I woke up sick. The next few hours I spent it in the bathroom. All I ate was a hard boiled egg, a sandwich thin with all fruit and a clementine. I ended up sleeping the whole day. I went to bed at 5:30. I didn't get up until 3AM. Made my husbands lunch and then went back to bed. I'm still not feeling well. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel better. Not much exercise today and none yesterday. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:49:16 EST Freezing Rain Yesterday!!! The morning started out ok. It was overcast and around 1:30 PM it started to rain. It certainly was freezing rain. My hubby needed to go to work, so he left about 2:45. A tractor trailer had jackknifed a few houses from where I live. He needed to ride the snow banks to get to work. He also called 911 to report the trailer truck. Later on they closed our road so they could get the truck back on the road. There were cars and trucks off the road for miles. Around 7:30 PM we lost power. I figu... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:40:11 EST A Good Snowy Day!! Well we had plenty of snow. We got about 8 inches. Then freezing rain. I went outside and shoveled the decks and the sidewalk. I then cleared off 3 vehicles. I came back inside and watched the mass on TV. I then cooked a big breakfast. I have also made a nice chicken soup for dinner. I have also done some strengthening by doing bicep curls. I think I am done for now. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:38:34 EST Merry Christmas to All!!! Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope your day is full of love laughter and happiness. Also filled with your loved ones. I know mine will be. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:38:30 EST A Busy Day! Today I finally went and got my hair cut. It was getting really long. I also went to the grocery store, the bank and the post office to mail letters. I came home and got to watch my grandson. He is so much fun. I got dinner and then did the dishes. I am going to bed soon. I am really tired. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:12:25 EST Feeling Under The Weather! I have not been feeling well this week. I have such a bad cold and chills. I haven't been out of the house for the past 3 days. All I do is cough. Today I slept for half the day. I am starting to feel a little bit better. Have'nt done too much exercise either. Hope I am feeling better tomorrow. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:32:05 EST A Very Busy Day!! Today has been very busy. I finished my meat pies, cleaned the kitchen, made my bed and wrapped gifts. I also worked the BINGO today. I then got dinner and visited with my son and his son. I've walked over 6000 steps today. I am tired now and I'm going to bed. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:02:09 EST Snow Again!! Well I woke up to snow again. About 3 inches have dropped and now freezing rain. A good day to stay inside. I am making pj bottoms for my daughters family so I will be busy doing that. Also I think I will make my meat pies today. A good day for these projects. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:51:12 EST A Busy Week! Well my day on Friday didn't start out too well. I was cleaning off my car and I hit a chunk of ice and fell. I ended up hurting the left side. Knee and ankle. I still had things i needed to do so I continued hobbling around. That afternoon I elevated my leg for quite some time. I continued to elevate it for a couple of days.It is better now the swelling is gone. I also went to my daughters on Sunday and shopping on Monday. Today I am going to relax. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:50:15 EST A Very Busy Day!!! Today I was very busy. First I made a few pies. Took my shower and then needed to go to Hannaford because I forgot a few things for tomorrow. When I got home I needed to watch my grandson. While he was sleeping I made a cheese cake. I also was not feeling so well so I needed to rest. I have cleaned the kitchen and done other housework. Now I am going to bed. Happy Thanksgiving to all my spark friends. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:51:20 EST Snow!!! Well we have had our first snowstorm. We got about 2 inches of wet wet snow. The good thing is the roads are clear and so are the sidewalks. No cancelations either. This is the first of many to come. I'm not looking forward for this winter. Oh well that is what Maine is all about. Have a great day everyone. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:02:22 EST A Busy and Hectic Monday! Yesterday was a very busy and hectic day. At 8 am I needed to take my sister (who has down syndrome) to have her toenails trimmed. This can be very stressful if I was to let it, but I've learned how to deal with it. After that was finished I got my mail and came home. I ate a good breakfast did some exercise and cleaned the house. At 12:30 I brought my husband to the hospital to have some moles removed. he needed to be there by 1pm. Their computers were down so we never left until after 5 pm... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:23:45 EST A Very Good Day! Today was a very good but busy day. I went shopping, ate well and went for a walk. I also got to relax for awhile. It was a very happy and productive day. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:27:21 EST Not Feeling Well!! I have developed such a terrible cold. All I have done for the past couple of days is sneeze and blowing. I have been taking Nyquil day tablets and tonight I will take the night time ones. Hopefully I'm better tomorrow. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:43:54 EST Dancing!!!! What a better way to exercise, dancing to Fleetwood Mac today. They are on the today show and every time they do a song I get up and dance to it. It is so refreshing! Good thing ther are not on all day! I love it!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:17:23 EST Another Busy Weekend! Another fun filled weekend. I met my daughter and her 2 son's and then ventured out to Yarmouth for my granddaughter's field hockey game. After that game we headed to Wells to watch my grandson's football game. We then went to lunch and celebrated my granddaughter's 14th birthday. It was such a terrific day. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed it. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:06:29 EST Another Fun Day!! This morning my husband and I headed to Wells to watch our granddaughter play field hockey. They won!! I also got to see her brother, my son and daughter in law. My daughter ,her husband and 2 more of my grandson's were there. My brother in law his wife, daughter and her 2 girls were there also. We then went to Cabelas and my other son, daughter in law and grandson met us there. It was such a beautiful day, I saw my entire family plus other relatives. I could'nt have asked for a better day. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:02:08 EST A Fun Day!! Yesterday I had a great day. I went to Freeport with my daughter. We went s, I bought a few things for my grandchildren. Went thru the drive thru at McD's I had a salad. I had fun with my 4 mos. old grandson then we brought him for his shots. we then went and picked up my other grandson. I visited with them for awhile and then drove home. It was so nice to spend time with my daughter and her 2 boys. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:23:41 EST A Great Weekend! I have had a wonderful weekend. I was busy but enjoyed it. I had my grandson from 1pm to a little after midnight. He is so much fun. Both my husband and I took care of him. On Sunday I rested for a while. Made the bed had breakfast showered and then went to work the Bingo I volunteer for. Afterwards my girlfriend and I went for a nice walk. It was so refreshing. I went to the grocery store then home and got my dinner in the oven. It was so good. Cleaned up after dinner and got to relax for th... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:23:23 EST No Bread for a Week! Well I have decided that I can't eat any bread or pastries for at least a week. I am breaking out with a rash of water blisters. This happened years ago and I had an allergy to gluten. I had learned to control it with a diet, but I have been eating too much bread and pastry. I now need to lay off the gluten for a while. It will take about a week to clear and then I will need to control it again. I know I can do this, I have controlled it for nearly 20 years and this is just a setback. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:30:37 EST A Beautiful Day! Today is such a beautiful day. I have the windows open and fresh air just pouring in. I am watching my grandson today. It is so much fun having a little one around. He is such a happy baby. sister-in-law and her grandson also today. Family is so special. I just love it. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:36:32 EST A Very Busy Day! Today has been extremely busy. I had friends over for lunch today. I made a bisquick chicken pie and cut up fruit. I also cleaned my house. At 9:20 I needed to bring my sister to the drs. After her appointment I came back home and finished gettting things ready for lunch. After lunch I cleaned up the kitchen. I then took a much needed break. later I needed to register my car, get the mail and go to the bank. we had dinner and afterwards went for a walk. I am now really tired and I'm going to ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:23:42 EST A Good Day! I am having a very good day today. I went to my sister's (she has down syndrome) fashion show. It is such an enjoyable time. The clients and staff select their outfits from the what-not-shop. Then 2or 3 clients and a staff member get to model their clothes. they parade down an aisle to the music they select. Smiles, smiles and more smiles. Everyone enjoys this so very much. It is so rewarding. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:59:25 EST Getting Back To My Routine!! With my Drs. approval I am getting back on track with my exercise. I still have to modify it a little so not to damage the knee anymore. While exercising I need to concentrate on how I bend or not twist the knee. So far so good. I am doing it. Yeah!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:30:54 EST A Very Busy Day!!! Today has been a very busy day. First I traveled for 2.5 hrs., then my husband and I played the slots at the holywood casino, after that we went to the hotel and watched our 2 grandson's. We then went for a nice walk about 35 min. We stopped at Tim Horton's and had dinner. The baby has been quite fussy. He finally has settled down and is now sleeping. I am very tired now so good night. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:23:28 EST Positive Results!! I saw my Dr. today and I got a good report. I don't have to go back to see him, unless the knee starts hurting again. He is hoping that I can wait until I am 70 before I need a replacement. The greatest news is I can get back to doing my exercise. YEAH!!! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:36:58 EST A Good Day! Feeling good today. Went to the grocery store, got the mail did my knee exercises, and will be watching the baby in a few hours. A great beginning for the day. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 12:10:58 EST Feeling Better! I got to go and do some errands this morning. It is actually the first time I've been out of the house for a week. I am feeling better. The exercises are getting easier. Today I actually feel pretty good. I have been doing very good with controlling what I eat and I am consistent with my knee exercises. I am definitely on the mend. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:10:48 EST Hanging in There! Today I am hurting a little. I am doing the exercises the Dr. gave me. I have been doing them faithfully twice a day. It takes me about 10 min. each time I do them. I guess I am improving, even though it can be difficult. I make sure to ice after each time. It will only get better. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:42:21 EST On the Mend! Well I am recuperating. My exercise is very limited. Knee exercises only. I do 3 sets of 10 with 3 different exercises. I do this twice daily. It is getting easier, but each session takes a good 10 min. or more. I add 20 min of exercise to my fitness every day. I can't wait until I can go for a walk or swim again. But patience is a virtue. I will get there eventually. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:38:18 EST Surgery! Well I had my surgery today. everything went well. I was scheduled for 9:30 am and I got home by 12:15. I am just resting now. My husband fixed my lunch and dinner. I did manage to do a 2 mile walk this morning. For the next 12 days I will be doing knee exercises, hopefully after my checkup I will be able to resume my other exercises. For now my leg is elevated and I am applying ice. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:19:26 EST Getting Prepared! Well today and the next 2 days I plan on getting as much exercise that I can. I have my menu ready and I am going to stick to it. On Thurs. I won't be eating anything until after my surgery. The next days to follow I will be doing very little exercise, except for the few exercises the doctor gives me to strengthen the knee. It is just with the scope to repair the knee. I will be using crutches for a couple of days. No driving and little activity. I will get caught up on my reading and I will... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:52:33 EST A Relaxing Day!!! Today I have been able to relax. I watched my grandson, played with my i pad cooked dinner and played yatzee with my mom sister and husband. Yes I did eat cake and a few mini twix. That is ok tomorrow I will be back on schedule. I feel sometimes I need to have those treats. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:31:59 EST An Excellent Day! My day has been very enjoyable. I gave my husband a 60th birthday party. Plenty of family came. We enjoyed great food, birthday cake and icecream, and a lot of fun. Plenty of swimming too. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:07:51 EST A Productive Day!! I ate within my calorie range. A lot of fruits and veggies. Plenty of exercise and I was motivated. I also got to watch my grandson who will be 2 mos. old on the 29th. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:56:28 EST Another Great Day! I am so proud of my accomplishments. I ate within my limits, did plenty of exercise, stayed motivated and it was a very successful day. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:55:08 EST A Good Day! I'm having a good day. I am eating the right foods, staying focused and doing exercise. I am trying to stay with my plan. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:01:58 EST A Good Day! I had a terrific day. Ate well( stayed on track), exercised and posted everything. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:04:43 EST A Very Good Week! I have had an excellent week. Plenty of rest, ate well, and plenty of exercise. I feel very accomplished this week. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:11:57 EST I Have My Date For My Knee Surgery! Well I finally have a date for my knee surgery. It is the 31st of July. He is not doing a replacement at this time. I have another tear in my knee. He will go in and repair it again. So I won't be able to exercise for a week or so other than my knee exercises. That is ok because I will be prepared for it. As soon as I recover I will be back exercising. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:39:21 EST Another Good Day!! Again today has been a success. I love it when I get a challenge. Especially when I don't eat junk. I have done my exercise, ate well and have been motivated. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:43:41 EST Still On Track! I am still on track this week. I have set a goal for myself and I have been sticking to it. I have done a 3 mile walk with Leslie Sansone, warmups, stretching cooldown and worked the abs. I have been following my sparkpeople plan and I am amazed at how well I am doing. I always make sure to mark down everything I put into my mouth. Sparkpeople is one of the best things I have ever done. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:20:06 EST On Track and Loving It!!! I am so proud of myself. I have been eating 3 balanced meals a day and choosing healthy snacks. I did have a weight watchers icecream bar today. I have eaten plenty of veggies and fruit, as well as carbs protein and fiber. I did plenty of exercise also. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:48:37 EST Sparkpeople Videos!! I love the 10 minute videos, I don't do them every day, but once or twice a week I do them. I just finished a boot camp kickboxing video. I think I'm going to do the seated core video next. I find this gives me a change in my exercise. I need variety to keep me motivated. I do know since I did my 1st video which was the seated cardio, I have improved so much. This is when I notice the difference. I am not out of breath when I'm finished. <em>30</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:44:17 EST A Very Good Day!! Yesterday was an excellent day. I did 2 sparkpeople videos, 1 was cardio and the 2nd was core. After that my grandchildren were here. Two new babies and my 3 year old grandson. He kept me very busy. I had so much fun with the babies too. My daughter went outside swimming with her 3 year old and I got to hold feed and care for my 2 month old. Besides doing dishes, cooking and laundry. By the end of the day I was tired so to bed I went. I also made healthy choices thru out the day. Plenty of fr... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:16:24 EST Need Help to get My Spark Tracker back in SYNC? I have a new battery, and a new cord. Now my spark tracker will not sync. I've tried unplugging it and it won't reset. I am at a loss. Any IDEAS? Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:45:17 EST I'm Bummed out Again! I was so excited this morning because I got my new battery. However it died again. I don't think it's the battery at all, I think it is the power cord. So tomorrow I am heading to Best Buy and purchase a new power cord. We will check it out to make sure it works before I leave the store. This really upsets me because I can't record my spark tracker. I hope it is fixed tomorrow. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:37:45 EST HOORAY!!! My battery died last Friday so I haven't been able to use my sparktracker. I still used it but had to estimate the steps I took. I ordered the battery Friday and I got it today, Yeah!!! So my tracker is in sync again. Just a quick blog to let you know how I am upping my steps. While watching a show during the commercial I get up and walk in place. You would be surprised how many extra steps that adds. I started doing this a couple of weeks now. It is amazing how much little steps like this ad... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:52:53 EST