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8/29/15 9:08 A

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Lisa, My knee had a clot in the knee and had to go to the orthopedic doctor so went to see him on Thursday the 27th. He was concerned that it was still an issue. The replacements are fine but the blood build up had to be removed. He sent me to out patient surgery on Friday the 28th. I had to be there at 6:15 and went into surgery around 8. it took only about 30 minutes to take care of it and was released around 10:30 and was home by 11 AM. There is a tube draining it now and it's sore, and of course am still tired from it all. I'll go back in 2 weeks and have the tube removed and have my follow up from the surgery.

Gideon's party is today celebrating his 1st year birthday. I can't miss that and everyone will be there including my son and other grand girls, and Don's mom and sisters. She having it out doors so I won't need to climb the stairs and will be able to use her houses lower level as well to use the bathroom and come in from the sun as needed. I've told her I'll need to elevate my knee still so she said she'll get me an ottoman to prop it up. I told here we won't be able to stay late or come any earlier but will be there to enjoy the party. It'll be fun to see all the grand kids, but I don't think I'll be doing much playing with them.

I'll have to ice my knee this morning and try to stay off it, and will do the same after returning home. I've already asked to doctor if it's ok to drive an hour over and another hour back and he said as tolerated but doesn't see any problems, but to make sure I prop it before and after the trip. I still have my cane from before so will use it for walking these next 2 weeks when I leave the house and around home as needed.

Anyway I need to wash my hair in the sink, and give myself a sponge bath until the bandages and tube are removed in 2 weeks, which will be bothersome, but necessary. I still need to get breakfast and get ready for the day so will close for now. Catch all later, G.

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8/28/15 7:28 P

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Hello, hello! I have survived 5 days of elementary students, and am excited to return on Monday. I bought pizza for my staff members today, and I also made some chocolate zucchini bars, because chocolate and pizza just go together, right? They were appreciative, and I just needed to show my gratitude to them for all they've done for me in making this shift.

I am realizing a couple of things--first of all, my experience and knowledge of students and instruction is being sought regularly. I've had several teachers come in and ask me for ideas on certain situations--some behavioral, some academic. I got to know a little first grade girl rather well this week. I am beginning to adore her, but she's naughty--we are working on it. The teachers have commented on how rapidly I can address behaviors and get kids back to class. I simply tell them that my goal for students is to make coming to me far less comfortable than remaining in the classroom.

Any knee relief G? Enjoy celebrating with the grands this weekend. I'm sure they'll have lots of fun stuff planned to do with grandma and grandpa.

I truly wish you some relief, MK. I know you are a devoted daughter, so your parents' declines must be agonizing. I think your choice to take a little coastal trip was wise, you must take care of yourself as well. By the way, how are your kids doing?

I must go pedal the streets for awhile for today's workout. It's a bit warm, but I still need to get all the bike riding in I can, as the season will be over soon.

All the best to both of you.



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Mk, sorry to her about your worries. Dealing with your parents must b difficult. My sister was the one who always had the hands on when it came to my parents. She was able to fly to Texas more often since she was in Washington. Don and I always struggled with money and couldn't make it there very often. When my mom moved in with her I never saw her except when she had gone down hill so much I couldn't recognize her when I was able to visit. I'm glad now that she and my father are together again. They were laid to rest together.

Still dealing with he knee after falling going on 4 weeks now. I see the orthopedic doctor tomorrow to see if he can drain the haematoma which has formed around the knee. I think now it might have been better to have gone sooner to him rather than to my regular doctor. I'll let everyone know how it goes, and see if there may have more involved that was first thought.

Today is my grandson's birthday. I can't believe that he is turning 1 year old today. It seems like he was just born yesterday. He walking now and is into everything, but I love to watch him when they visit. All my grand children are getting so big, I hardly recognize them they are growing so fast. We'll travel to Columbus Saturday for his Birthday party. I should be a fun day, if I can go after the knee is drained. I'll have to climb 2 flights of stairs to enter the living room.

I need to fix dinner, so will close for now. We're having fall weather here with temps only at 72* and a high at 76 with low temps in the 50's a night. Beautiful though, and I'm enjoying the cooler weather. Everyone take care, catch all later, G

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Hello. Yep I'm still around - sounds like the two of you are having a grand time of things; Lisa with the new job and Georgie with the bad knee injury (happy to hear it won't need surgery).

It just seems like one thing after another these days. Between the calls from the facility about my dad falling or from the memory care that mom has hit someone and doctor visits in between. Busy Busy Busy

I've decided to make it Monday, Wednesday, & Friday for visits during my lunch time - this way I have evenings "off" and I can go straight home or to the gym after work. Today's visit was good, but dad had to show me his bruise on his right hip/buttock area (size of a quarter but dark) and mom - well the meds to keep her mood stabilized (so she won't be combative) have changed her so much that she is really in a constant state of agitation - or irritation is more like it. She doesn't really know me and just goes through the motions of things... a hug because I asked; an "I'm fine" because I asked; and a "its time for you to go..." because I'm asking her to brush her teeth after lunch - only to find out that her gums are bleeding because no one is assisting her with brushing them. UGH - so tired of dealing with staff.

So right now I'm sitting at my desk unable to focus on my work and decided to finally pop on here (to be honest - I've forgotten to come here - then remembered - oh man I'm around memory care peeps too much!). I've been crying so much after seeing her today - she is not even dementia mom any more - she is just miserable and unhappy. She feels abandoned by her family and has really gone inside herself. It just makes me so sad.

So while I wallow in my emotional junk - my friend informs me that her and her husband might be parting ways; her son is in the hospital due to being allergic to ibuprophen and his kidneys were dying (his numbers are finally better now - yippee) and her daughter is giving her grief for something else.... oh man I need to step outside myself and not be so self absorbed!

Her and I decided to "run away" on Saturday morning to the coast for some good ol' rock hunting for her patio I'm designing. This will be good for both of us - I hope she will be able to go if her son is better.

So sorry to hear about the father-in-law Lisa. Yes, we went through that financial thing with my father. My brother finally got him to sign over power of attorney and he deals with all the bills - such a relief on my dad. It will usually take something major happening - either financially or medically - to have your f-I-law do this, but don't wait too long. While he still has some faculty about him you need to get lawyer stuff done now. Otherwise it can be a real hassle. Even if it is just a portion of things signed over - still allowing him some control.... like a dual signature or something like that.

Well I've gone on and on - sorry I haven't been here. My food is well - just sucky right now. I'm still going to workout - so that is good - but yeah my weight is up.

Take care ladies! Oh and Lisa - looks like we have all the heat going on here. We have broke records for the most consecutive days above 90* Fires are everywhere - literally the NW is up in smoke. The valley (where I live) filled with smoke last weekend from all the fires in Eastern Oregon and Washington.

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8/23/15 7:45 A

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Lisa, The x-rays showed no damage to the knee replacements, or broken bones. Thankfully this means no surgery to replace the knee. I have a severe bruise and it has blood behind the joint were the replacement lies. I'll have to get to the orthopedic doctor to have it drained, so will call Monday to get that done. I have my x-rays and report already and I'll be able to give it to them and see if they see anything else that might be an issue, but I don't think it should be. It's still sore and I'm still icing it but hope after it's drained it will improve, and the bruising will go away finally.

Other than that we're doing fine here in Ohio. My daughter came fro a visit yesterday just her and the kids. Gideon will be a year old this August 26th. I can't believe how fast he's grown and he's all boy! He's getting into everything and is learning the NO word at least here. He loves opening cabinets and doors. I might have to put safety latches on the one's under my sink. I store things there which could be dangerous. I wrapped a rubber band around the handles which worked. He could pull the door open but not enough to get into it and as soon as it opened it would close again, a little crying but he finally gave up. The other two just have pots and pans so no damage there. He's also walking and it's fun to see how much he's changed. The girls are fine and the oldest will start 2nd grade after Labor Day. Gideon's birthday party is on the 29th so we'll be going over to Columbus for that.

I need to get off her now, Lisa, I'm glad that things are going well at school. With time I'm sure you'll be able to find a workable routine so you'll be able to eat your meals and find time for exercise. Take care and don't work to hard. I'll catch all later. Bye for now, G.

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It has been a quiet week here, but I hope you are both well. G, how did that knee thing turn out?

Just thinking about you, MK. Since you haven't been on here, I'm sure things have been mighty busy for you. Take care.

As I reflect on my first week with teachers, I'm encouraged, grateful, scared, exhausted, and happy. Yep, I've been through just about every emotion this week, except for anger. I've had some frustrations, but have managed them with the help of an amazing staff at my school. Love them! I simply cannot express enough praise to them and enough gratitude for them. Students on Monday, and then we are really rocking and rolling.

This adjustment comes, though, with some other things I didn't really expect. My days are looong. I think I got home one night this week before 6, and two nights were after 9. I finished up my work yesterday about 5:30 PM, and we don't have students yet. I do expect, though, that I'll find more efficient ways to do things once I participate in the routines of the school. That puts a damper on my evening exercise, because I'm so exhausted. My meals were way out of whack as well, and i even missed a few of them. I still managed to lose a pound, so I've lost 3 over the last two weeks. I should be able to get back into my exercise routine this week; I already had a great strength workout today, along with a 5 mile bike ride. I may go for another bike ride, or a walk later.

My son and husband are two hours up the road helping my oldest son and his family move to another town about an hour away from where they presently live. They took my father-in-laws pickup (truck), and it's not roomy enough for 3 people to travel that distance with any sort of comfort at all. They have lots of help, as his wife's family will be there as well.

Sending well wishes to both of you, so glad to call you friends.



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Lisa, Sounds like a busy week coming up. How exciting about the fire, good thing it was caught early enough to have only a little damage. I always try to carry my cell phone encase of emergencies. Anyway it looks like it worked out.

Went to the doctor Wednesday, just couldn't stand the knee pain any more. She sent me for X-Rays on Thursday and am waiting the results. I should hear something from my doctor Monday or Tuesday. In the mean time I'm icing it and elevating it, and trying to stay off it as much as I can. I did go to Sam's yesterday and ran a few other errands, and it was very sore after all the walking. I still need to go the Kroger's and get my prescription and a couple of other things today. My daughter wants us to come over for a visit today, and am dreading all the stairs. She has stairs just to enter the house and more stairs to get to her living room so will be climbing them. It's hard enough with two legs and not sure how the knee will handle it.

I'm still having trouble sleeping and night and staying asleep as you can see I up at 4:45 AM. I really should try to go back to bed but not sure if I could go back to sleep or not. It'll be a long day if I can't get more sleep. I think some of it is the knee hurts so bad that it's keeping me from resting like I should.

I haven't heard from MK, hope all is good with her and her family. Lisa, enjoy Sunday and the rest of your week, I'll catch all later, G.

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Happy weekend! Hot here, but in a way, it is quite welcomed. We've had some rain, and now the heat and wind will help dry things out before next week cools down a bit a rain chances return. We've only had a few days in the 90s, and none in the 100s, which means the summer has been pretty mild.

I had an exciting evening last night. I was on my bike ride, and as I passed a truck company loading dock, something smelled odd, so I rode the half block on that street and I noticed flames coming out of the building, but only in a small area by the loading dock door. I didn't have my cell phone, so I ran across the street and pounded on two doors, no one was home, so I rode to the next block and did the same thing--no one was home! Finally, I waved down a car, and at that very moment, I heard sirens, so someone else must have noticed, or perhaps their internal system was activated. At any rate, the damage is repairable, and the building is still standing. My heart was jumping there for awhile. I then rode to my son's house, about 4 blocks away, and visited with them while I calmed down for a bit.

I'm happy to report that I lost 2.5 of the 7 lbs. I had gained over the last year. I had a decent week, but I still know I can do better with my food choices, so I'll keep at it and use the scale for accountability for the rest of the 5-7 lbs. I need to lose. Then I'll be back to where I maintained for so long. I know if I don't get this handled, it'll keep adding up, and I don't want to get back up there again.

I'm going in to work tomorrow, as I simply didn't get done with all my prep work for teachers, who arrive this Wednesday. I know that once Tuesday rolls around and we begin with the new teachers, my days will be full. Even now, they are progressing fast, and I am simply not accomplishing all I need to. My secretary is new this year too, although she has worked in the school in another capacity, so we are doing lots of learning together, and she is AMAZING.

I need to get to work on my volleyball officiating test. My heart just isn't in it this year, so it will be my last. Love the sport, but I no longer desire to work the sport, so I'll honor my commitments this year, and then let it go next year.

We are having some minor father-in-law issues once again. He is not understanding some financial things, which we think are very simple, and he gets angry when we try to explain, even though he continues to ask. He is struggling to understand the difference between a credit card company and a bank. Apparently he has thought for years that credit card companies also had to be banks, because his local bank offers the option of a credit card, so it should work the other way around too. My husband tried to draw a picture, and my father-in-law said "that's not how it is", so my husband left and said he would not discuss this further. He is a pretty smart man, so I wonder if cognitively some things are happening. We've noticed some little things here/there, mostly memory related though.

I do wish you both a healthy, safe, and relaxing weekend. On to that test. . .



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Lisa, glad you're settling into the new routine at school. It's nice to have the support from the staff as you learn. Hope you have a great year. Sounds like you're off to a good start. When do the teachers and students arrive? I know you'll adjust and will do well once your into the grove of things. Just hang in there with trying not to snack at night. I'm sure you'll overcome this challenge too.

I finally broke down and saw the doctor last night. She was worried that I might have done damage to the replacements and wants me to have an X-Ray as soon as possible than follow up with the orthopedic doctor who replaced my knees. I'm hoping that nothing was damaged and that I don't need to have surgery again. She also wants me to call a cardiologist about the edema I'm having with my legs. My sister-in-law is taking me to get the X-Ray so I'll ask who my mother-in-law uses. I guess it's time to address this issue since the swelling has not improved.

Anyway it's going to be a busy day so need to get showered and dressed so will close for now. I'll let everyone know how it went. Thanks for listening. Bye for now, G.

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It has been quiet around here the last week. I am just overwhelmed at work, however, today I made progress on the pile of things I have to do. Just need to stick with it and persevere. My learning curve is great, but the staff members, especially the secretary and custodian, have been so wonderful, and I'm grateful for their guidance and willingness to help me learn.

The battle continues. I've struggled greatly with snacking in the evenings. I could make excuses, but I just need to manage this.

I hope you are both well. Hot here, but that's ok.



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Lisa, don't you wish at times you could hit rewind sometimes to take back something you have done or said? I know there are many times I wish I could have. Hopefully they will forget and move on.

MK, as we grow and change, our priorities change and what used to be fun for you may have changed because you no longer wish to party or drink and often those you used to do this with have not changed. I'm sure you will find friends who want and enjoy what you like now. Like Lisa said sometimes it's not a bad thing to move forward.

I guess I need to go to the doctor or an out patient in the hospital. I fell last Saturday and hit the threshold of my front door hard with my right knee. That day I iced it and then the next day was when everyone was here so I didn't stay off it or rest all that day. It was badly bruised and very sore. I hoped after a week it would feel better, but it is still very bruised and hurts when bent or if I don't use it for a while. I think I might have done more to it than I thought. It's still sore all the way through to the center of my calf. I think if I see the doctor he'll just send me to x-ray it. I'm thinking if I go to the hospital they'll do it right then. It should not still be as bruised, sore, or still as swollen as the first day like a week go.

I need to get off now. I have errands to do. I'll talk to Don and see what he thinks about taking me to the hospital. I'll catch all later. Bye for now, G.

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Good to hear from you MK. Sorry your girls' weekend wasn't all you'd hoped. I guess we learn, and then we adjust. Moving on isn't a bad thing.

I said something yesterday that I truly wish I could take back. I was with a group of colleagues, who are also friends, and I simply said "I like her, but I can really get enough of her sometimes." My friend looked at me with a look that said Lisa, that wasn't very nice, and it wasn't! It didn't need to be said. I gave her a knowing look, and immediately felt regret, which she could see, but the two others in the front seat couldn't. I'm agonizing over this--it is likely they've forgotten about it, but I KNOW BETTER. I'm ashamed, and reminded once again that I need to ask for forgiveness and the strength to only say positive, kind things about people.

I'm planning to freeze corn either today or tomorrow. It is at its peak right now. I also froze some blueberries and strawberries, so my freezer is packed with good stuff right now.

I've gained 7.5 lbs. over the past year. Yes, I need to get my food back under control, all of the time, not just when its convenient.

Happy weekend to both of you.



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Hello and Good morning. It has been a very long couple of weeks.

Camping was ok. The camp ground was very dirty (to be expected), but the dry conditions caused a lot of powdery dust that was everywhere! My poor feet were just filthy. We did, however, walk the Pacific Crest Trail and that was beautiful!! A 4 mile hike under a thick canopy of trees kept the rain from hitting us. It was the first time it had rained in months. My dog just pulled me up the steep climb, but I had to have caution when we came back because she wanted to pull me down. I lost my big toe nail on that hike, but it was so worth it!

The ladies weekend at the coast was a bust. A couple of the girls came but I apparently irritated one of them and she made sure I knew about it. They also wanted to do bar-hopping. I went along, but man I was tired of that. If I could have I would have gone back to the condo, but we were miles from there. I'm not a spring chicken anymore and that is NOT what I like doing. So I will not have a ladies weekend with them again. Nice ladies, but so not who I am.

Came home to see the parents and get some rest from things. Ended up getting a migraine and was out of work for a couple extra days. Today is my first day back to work and the headache is a dull roar right now.

I need to go get some breakfast. I think I'll have my egg white veggie omelet.

I need to get myself back on track - I'm sure my sugary intake over this time off is what triggered my migraine - along with depression. So I'm cleaning it up and getting back on track.

Take care ladies

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Sunday was fun. Tired today though. We had everyone here and thank goodness the weather was nice. Since we didn't have enough room at the indoor dinning table 1/2 of us ate out doors on our patio table. It was warm with the sun hitting it by the time we ate, but we had a nice breeze and low humidity, so it didn't feel that bad. The rest of us wondered in and out visiting everyone. The grand girls loved seeing one another and playing all the time. The older girls wanted to hold and play with Gideon so we had extra hands watching where my little grandson was going. He 's taking his first steps now and was also walking some and it was fun to watch him. Unfortunately he was able to reach high on the furniture and had learned to open the sliding door and kitchen cabinets. we all had a nice time together. It does make me wonder what we'll do at Thanksgiving when we'll have to eat inside. I guess it's time to break out another set of tables and chairs.

I was happy everyone brought a side to share and we had plenty of food. I'm also glad the rain stayed away. We woke this morning to thunderstorms, wind and a lot of rain. It's cleared now though, and I'm hoping to have a couple of days to spray the weeds before the next round of rain arrives.

I need to get my house back in order though, and do the dishes and pick up a few toys and straighten the spare bed room where all the girls were playing. I discovered little fingers press buttons on my dishwasher pushing the timer so all of a sudden it started running. If I had known I would have loaded it instead of running it empty. I don't have a way to stop it once it starts, so need to find a way to keep them from setting it. It doesn't have a lock so maybe I'll just have to load it sooner.

Well I need to get going on chores, I've been a little lazy this morning. I'll catch all later, G.

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G, how did you family weekend go? I hope you got some good grandma time in.

Cooling into the 70s after tomorrow. I do well in the heat, but many people are thrilled. I don't think we've had a 100 degree day yet this summer. Usually we have a few in July and August. It's early; could still happen.

I attended a wedding shower out of town on Saturday. We actually drove there on Friday, I did a little shopping, but I must say, my weight just keeps creeping up, and I am so done with that! I have really cut back the last three weeks, with the exception of special occasions, and it seems like those are happening all the time. I'm prepared for the week--I just have a few evening meals to figure out, but I guarantee they will be healthy.

But now. . .I must comment on a new bra I actually bought last week. I found one a few weeks ago that I really like, but I wanted to try one from Soma. I got an amazing fitting, and she showed me a few ways to determine fit--I have trouble with gaps at the top of the cup. My boobs must be flat on the top or something. She then explained strap placement, and the types of bras to absolutely stay away from. The bra I put on seemed small, but when compared to the next size, it actually fit better. She said that all bras stretch, usually after 5-8 times of wear, so buying them on the tight side is a good thing. I have noticed this! Anyway, I might just bust the budget and buy another next weekend, esp since I got a $10 card. My DDs will thank me!

Back to work tomorrow, so excited. New, new, new. So much to do. Both of the candidates I offered jobs to last week declined, so I had to go to my second choices. One of them accepted, and the other took a different job with the district, so now I have to still get a position filled prior to school starting. Not easy.

Got a great bike ride in today, touched up some stain spots(from the deck staining) on the siding, did laundry, went to church, and finished up a certification course we are required to take for work. I just sat down a bit ago, and gladly so.

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Finally the humidity has dropped and it's no longer like going out into a sauna. The temps are lower too. We will be around 79* at noon and in the lower 80's mid afternoon which is much better than high 89*'s and low 90*'s. I just wish I felt better and could go outside and enjoy the weather more. I have a splitting headache Which is heading to a migraine. I thought at first it might be sinuses but My head hurts all over not just around the eyes and nose. I might have to lie down if it gets worse.

I think I might need to take a little nap. I didn't sleep well last night and maybe got 3 solid hours of sleep. I kept waking up every hour. Don too has been restless and is waking up with a backache. I'm thinking it might be time for a new mattress set. We'll have to wait awhile until we get some extra cash, since we spent most of it on the remodel. We'll start looking around because many of the stores around here are having sales on furniture and bedding because school will be starting back soon. We might find a good sale if we look for it.

Doing chores and trying not to let this headache get the best of me. I'll just need to hang in there. Looking forward to this weekend, my son said he and his family can come over, and the rest of the family will be here too. Sunday will be a nice day having everyone here. All the grand kids, my son, my daughter, Don's mom and sisters, & including the spouses. We will have sunny weather and the humidity is supposed to stay low so we'll be able to sit outside on the back porch and the grand kids can play outside as well. Everyone is bringing a dish to share, and Don and I are doing the meat. It should be a lot of fun celebrating all the birthdays at once.

Well need to finish my chores and do some baking, so will close for now. I'll catch all later. G.

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G, I see that today is your mother-in-law's birthday. You are fortunate to still have her with you. Blessings to her and your family.

My Dad turned 75 yesterday. We visited them last weekend and had such a fun time. Even my husband, who dislikes visiting them enjoyed our short time there. My mom sent a sincere and heartfelt thank you to us. Plus, I got a bag of home grown cucumbers out of that visit and they were, and still are wonderful.

I had my teeth cleaned this morning, and I've got these cracks in the corners of my mouth--not painful, just irritating. One side started a week ago, and the other cracked two days ago. I found out it is a vitamin deficiency, likely combined with stress. Time to start on a B-complex or mulitvitamin. My diet is strong, but menopausal or post-menopausal women often need higher doses of
Vitamin D, I guess. They hygenist is a friend of mine, and right around my age, so I appreciated her honesty in this situation. This is yet another blessing of living in a small rural community.

Teaching the music portion of Bible school this week, plus having the grandsons has worn me out, but I love it. I feel I'm a good teacher, and can adapt to many situations, but teaching those little ones that can't read yet is just not my favorite thing. I love them--truly I do, but not so much in a group learning environment. I have to do so much cueing (hands and feet to yourself, sit down, fold your hands, time to listen now), and then repeating, and then they want to do the same song over and over and over again. I know those little pre-schoolers and kindergarteners will weasel their way into my heart, but my talents are not in teaching them.

Time for errands--a few groceries and those B vitamins. I've never been a vitamin taker, but sounds like the time has come.

Strength workout done, rode bike to dentist. Will try for bike ride #2 later, if wind doesn't prevent.

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I can't believe how fast this summer has gone. We're just getting summer like weather and now everyone preparing to go back to school. I guess the administration goes back earlier than teachers and students, which makes your summer even shorter Lisa.

Had a nice Sunday with Don's sisters and mom. His mom will be 94 the 30th so we wanted to do a little celebration with her. It was a fun time and they loved all the new decoration and thought Don did a great job with the tile. It's so nice to have it all finished and we can now enjoy it. I'm hoping to get the rest of the family here next weekend to celebrate Summer birthdays. We have my granddaughters, my son in law's, my son's, Don's mom, and my grandson's all during the end of this month and during next month. Not sure if I can arrange it but have talked to my daughter and don's mom and they said next Sunday will be good to do that. I just need to get a hold of my son and see if his family can attend.

My daughter called Saturday, and told us that my son in laws grandma past that morning. We'll be attending the viewing Tuesday the service is Wednesday but we'll only be going to the viewing. To bad the service and funeral will fall on my son in laws birthday. It will be a sad time but she lived a long life and lived to 84. It makes me feel blessed that we can still enjoy Don's mom. She is doing great very sharp and is still in good health. Blessed that she is doing so well.

I have to get some dinner on the table so will close for now. I'll catch all later. G.

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One week of summer vacation left! Back to work next Monday, excited and scared. It'll be better once the teachers arrive and teach me all that I need to know in the course of three days, before the kiddos arrive.

But, for this week, it is intense grandson time. Both are here until Thursday, and the granddaughters will join us tomorrow. My youngest son is my grandchild care assistant this week. In addition, I'm teaching the music portion of Bible school tonight through Thursday, so that's another event that will make the week go fast. The three older grands will attend, which makes me super happy.

Then, on Friday, I'm accompanying a very close friend to her daughter's wedding shower. I'll ride with her, stay overnight, and then on Sat., she'll meet her husband in a city on the route home for a relative's wedding, and I'll drive her vehicle back here. What an adventure! I have a feeling the shower will be a blast. She and her sisters are fun people to be around, and I'm thrilled they are including me.

Yesterday I was able to visit my grandma again. While her physical condition has improved slightly, her cognitive function has declined--in fact, I think more than when I saw her two weeks ago. When I told her who I was she said "I can't even remember my own kids." I tried to tell her I was a grandkid, and she has lots to remember, but that didn't go anywhere. She was wanting me to get someone so she could report a car accident, but I assured her everyone who needed to know about it did. I don't know whether to play along, contradict her story, or simply reassure her and try to switch to another subject. Unfortunately, my efforts at the latter didn't work, she kept going back to the car accident. She showed signs that I was familiar to her, or that I should be familiar to her, but when I mentioned my dad and mom's name, she said she didn't know them. MK, I am now even closer to empathizing with your mother's situation. I hope you are well and relying on your faith to help you through these tough times.

Still fighting the battle. Watching the food carefully, I just need to pay closer attention. G, I hope your stomach issues are improving.

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Lisa, First I decided I see what I was eating checking calories, fat, carbs salt, and so forth by listing my food, drinks and snacks on the tracker here on Spark. That way I will have a better handle of what I'm actually eating and adjust from there. Then I'll set up the tracker based on what I found. I've been off and on with my tracking, and sometimes it really hard to find what meals I've had when going out. Most of the places we go are listed but since menus change It's not always listed. I thought this way I will know where to cut back and go from there. Spark also allows the listing of exercise and activities which I will try to use as well.

Doing a few chores today, and fighting some stomach issues. I'm not sure if it's just drainage from allergies which is upsetting my stomach or what was eaten last night. I've tried to take it easy and hoping it's not something more, like the flu. Anyway I need to get off and will try to catch everyone later. Have a great trip Lisa, and you too Mk, on your camping trip. We'll be home celebrating Don's mom's 94th birthday. Have a great weekend everyone. G.

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G, do you have any luck with just counting calories? You must realize, though, that it still takes planning. For example, if you want a brat, you may have to forego the creamy salads and desserts, and stick with fresh fruits and veggies as sides. I've actually sliced a brat in half lengthwise, put it in a bun, topped it with sliced tomato and mustard, it was really good, and I was satisfied. Mostly, though, it takes commitment. I've never had hypnosis, as MK suggested, but I know of those who had long term results, and others who have only had short term results.

I went out to lunch with a friend today--I had a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato, and a tossed salad with dressing on the side. It was good and I was satisfied.

My youngest turns 23 tomorrow.He's doing well, and ready to start his new job. He helped me with the granddaughters yesterday, and I'll have the grandsons next week for 4 days. They aren't as rough and loud as the girls, and they don't fight nearly as much. I suppose at 9 and 3 there's enough of an age difference to prevent the fighting. The girls are 4 and 1 1/2, so they are much more competitive with each other.

Off to MN tomorrow for a long weekend trip. This will have to constitute our vacation this year. After the expense of the wedding, and my husband's job switch, it just wasn't in the cards for a long trip. He doesn't do vacations well anyway. He has once again decided to lose weight, it's been three days, and he's already asking me if I notice a difference. I get so sick of this, because anyone will lose weight if they simply decide not to eat. Unfortunately, this is usually short-lived. He still won't take any suggestions from me.

Last I recall, MK, your son's girlfriend had left, maybe for an old boyfriend? I must've missed some information in between. I remember that being very difficult for all of you. I hope this time around proves to be a better situation for everyone involved.

I suppose I better pack, maybe do a load or two of laundry so I'm not swamped when we get back. Enjoy the weekend.





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Georgie - have you ever thought about hypnosis? Positive Changes is a good program. I know a lot of people don't believe it, but I have had several friends go to them with GREAT results. It might work for both you and Don. It really does help you with your thought patterns and changing them slowly. I've listened to my friends weight loss CD's and they really do help you feel better and go for better food choices. Its not cheap, but when you add up all the things we try to do for weight loss - its a good value. Not sure if there is one near you - or maybe you can take advantage when your out this way. Something to think about and look into. It isn't just for weight loss either.

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Good day to all. I've been trying to watch my food intake, but exercise not there at all. First we had so much rain here you were trapped inside. Then it got really humid and hot and it was like being in a sauna. Now the weather has gotten better, but I still don't get out like I want. I'm just so tired, My doctor wants me to lose weight and I just haven't found what works for me. The programs I've looked out either are to restrictive, or doesn't provide foods I like. I'm not a big sweets eater, and I've cut back on my carbs, but I need to figure out how I really want to eat. I'm just not hungry when it's hot, and we never seem to agree what we want for dinner. Don is not a salad eater for dinner, and often wants a big meal. I just don't want to eat a big meal. If I do fix one I only want one serving. We've had brats, Italian sausage, and cook out foods. Potato salad, coleslaw, and fresh fruit. Then when we don't eat at home it's easier to go out.

I'm trying to get up earlier, just before Don goes to work but the minute he's out the door, I fall asleep in my recliner, and end up sleeping until 9:30 almost every day. I know it's because I go to bed late. Most nights it's after 1:30. Funny thing I also dose off in my recliner at night and tend to sleep then also. I thinks it messes everything up. Food, exercise and sleep are all tied together. Some day I'll figure it all out.

Mk, It will always be s difficult challenge for your mom and your family dealing with her illness. You just need to love her and help her the best you can. I'm glad your taking a break and camping with your family. Enjoy the time together, and don't worry about what's going on with your daughter and your sons girlfriend. relax and enjoy the trip.

Lisa, hope you got your deck stained. Keep up your bike riding and exercise. Great job losing your weight and getting back to the lower weight now. Take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Well I have a few chores still to do here at home. Still things not back to normal with the remodeling. Don wasn't able to get all the grouting finished before My sister visited, So is still trying to finish that. He has it down in the kitchen but still has to finish the hall. What is hard isn't putting it down it's washing off the grim afterwards. He has most of it but I can still feel some of the grit on the tile. It's has to be scrubbed clean with clean water. I can't get down on the ground to help and I asked if I could do it with a mop. He said it's to much water and so I'm still dealing with the grit. I'm hoping he'll get this finished this weekend. I can then get the furniture back in place.

I'll need to get going so will close for now. Everyone have a great day. Enjoy the upcoming weekend. I'll catch all later. G.

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Good morning. Hope all is well with everyone. Lisa - did you finally finish that deck? That was a LOT of hard work!!

Mom is settling in as much as can be expected. She still wishes to not be in Memory Care, but knows we will not take her from it. This is heartbreaking, but so necessary. The hardest part is that she is just cognitive enough to know what is going on to not like it. She struggles with trying to "be who she is" but her brain won't allow her. I can not imagine the internal struggle she is going through.

Food has been way off. I now have to adjust from having wonderful salad greens on a weekly basis to none - there apparently is an end date to how long she grows. I'm sure it is the plants, but so frustrating. I will go back to store bought - it just doesn't taste the same! Spoiled is what I am!! hahaha

Exercise continues, but I'm so very run down these days I tend to take the easy road many a day. I still make sure I make it to step class, but I'm not sure how much longer my knees are going to hold out - they are so much worse now. I still walk pretty good - its just the strenuous parts of step really force me to modify.

Camping is coming this weekend. We will head up to the Columbia Gorge this weekend and get some good hiking in. Never really spent any time up that way, so it should be an adventure for all. Our daughter is coming with her boyfriend and I've invited our son's girlfriend to come. Our son - who was going to come (it was for his birthday celebration) - is having to work the weekend. He has a new job working in a facility Memory Care (go figure). Happy he has work though. Since his girlfriend is from Alabama and really doesn't have any family here I asked her to still come with. My daughter isn't super happy with it (jealous I guess) but she'll get over it! She doesn't want me to invite her out of sympathy - which I agree - but I believe it is more than that.

Well I work is calling my name. Take care . Hope your summer's are all going great!

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I am so sore. I really dug in to get the deck done, and after 4 hours of work, I just had to stop. My back and hand were done for. I just have one short side of spindles left, and then a few touch up areas. It ended up getting pretty hot as well. I'm also almost out of stain, so will have to buy yet another gallon--I'll probably only use a little of it, but it's good to have it around for touch ups.

I was doing great with my eating until yesterday. It got progressively worse as the day went on, and I ended with a strawberry sundae that wasn't very good--the strawberry sauce was disgusting. I had to drive my sister-in-law half-way home last night, as she had driven my father-in-law back here after his bladder surgery. He's doing very well; far better than last year when he had this same procedure. Anyway, it was almost 10 before I got back home, but the weather was great, and I only saw two deer; avoided both.

We are waiting for a severe thunderstorm to hit, hail is predicted, hopefully it will be mild. The rain is welcomed, though. In about an hour we are going to dinner with some friends, and we always have such a good time with them. I've been watching my eating closely today so I can indulge just a little tonight. I think we're going to a nicer place, which is rare for us.

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Good morning. Did a double workout last night. Choreography step and weights (I left before done with weights - so beat up). I find that working out has been helping with the mood (duh), but especially when I have reached the end of my proverbial rope and can't seem to do any more. The workout gets my endorphins working again and feeding my brain with the good stuff. My food is a whole other creature unto itself. I do eat well, but a splatter it with bad things (chocolate, fig newtons, and crackers). I guess I'm trying to fill a void.

Mom is still adjusting, but I doubt that she will ever accept having to be in a locked down memory care. This has been difficult.

I was reminded by one of my co-workers (actually I reminded her) that by not allowing others to assist us - even in the smallest of ways - is rejecting love. When we allow those around us to help us; whether it be as small as getting us a glass of water or as big as rides to doctor appointments - we are allowing others to love us. It is important to remember that no matter how independent we are - or how prideful we are - we must allow others to show love in the ways they know how AND we must learn to accept love. Something all of us must do.

Well I have to get to work. Take care my friends.

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Good morning - sounds like you all are doing pretty well.

Mom went to memory care Saturday - she was not a happy person. She is just cognitive enough to know what is happening, which just makes it very hard.

I've seen her every day, but yesterday I spent about 1.5 hours with her. She was so angry. She had been through all the doors (other persons rooms) to find a way out so she could go home. After much crying (from her and me) I was able to relay to her the dementia she has and that this was her new home. She finally accepted a little bit more of what is happening to her - though I know when I see her today she might still be looking for that way out. I have spent the past 4 days or more just crying for her and ourselves and the loss that we are experiencing on a very slow basis.

Dad will be able to visit her today and every day at this point. The facility suggested giving her a couple of days for adjustment then he can start the visits. He is happy he gets to see her now.

My sister was here all last week and was able to relieve me from some. She got a lot of things done for me - well for them. That was nice to have a second person helping out. It was a good visit - it has been 3 1/2 years since we've seen each other. She also realizes that this is probably the last time she will see mom/dad alive. It was a sad day Sunday with all the goodbyes.

Got a lot of exercise in last week - took my sister to my step and weight classes. She said she enjoyed them and she learned a few new things that she can do at home.

Well got to go find some breakfast. Take care everyone.


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Good morning everyone. My sister was here on Sunday for a visit. It was fun having her here. She had come to Dayton for her 50th class reunion and was busy with that for Friday night and Saturday. However she decided not to participate in Sundays activities. It was so fun catching up and we enjoyed the visit a lot. My daughter came from Columbus and she was able to see her nieces and nephew. Her visit was to short though. They flew back to Seattle this morning. I'll miss her a lot.

It was a bit of a let down since all the last few weeks was building up to this past weekend. Luckily the weather cooperated for the afternoon. We had rain in the morning, but it cleared up until around 7 pm when everyone had to leave to go back home. The rain earlier made the humidity climb so the afternoon was sticky.

We have had rain all week and it started again Sunday night and will be with us the rest of this week. Last night we were in the middle of a very bad thunderstorm. According to reports we will continue with this pattern all week. I think we have had more rain than sunny days. Most of this summer has been rain and storms. The temps have been in the 80 degree range, but the humidity makes it seem hotter. I just want normal weather for summer and stop all this rain. No one can enjoy outdoor activities, swim and I'm sure ballgames have been cancelled. Schools start on the 19th of August, and it would be nice for the students to have a summer.

Don still needs to still do some grouting though, but he'll get around to it this coming weekend. I don't think anyone really noticed it wasn't finished though, but it does look nice. However we are both tired, but things are getting back to normal.

Doing laundry today and dishes. The rest is still in great shape from the weekend. We have no rain right now and actually have some rain shinning through the clouds, so will try to get some weeding and deadheading done this afternoon before we get more rain. They predict it returning this evening. I'm so tired of rain.

I hope this week will find everyone doing great. Take care and enjoy it. Bye for now, G.

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It is Sunday evening, and I've not updated for a few days. All is well here, but very hot. I'm nearly finished with the deck. Hoping I manage the last bit of it tomorrow, doing as much as I can before it gets too hot and humid for me.

Yesterday I went to a baby shower for my great niece, so many of my family members were present. She was baptized later in the day, so the family gathered once again for that event and a meal after. It was fun to catch up. In addition, we got to visit my grandma, she is in her last days on earth, and my prayer is for her to enter into glory soon. She is suffering, is heavily medicated, and even though surgery on her foot for diabetes related issues should happen, it can't, as she is not strong enough. She requests hymns be sung to her when people come to visit, and yesterday she asked for "Jesus Loves Me." It was a tear filled moment, yet so very special. The love of Christ and family was shared, and I can't think of a finer way for her to continue to share her faith, even in her last life stages, with those present.

Today we've just been hanging around the house. I did a few chores, a bit of reading, took a short bike ride, and watered my flowers. Tomorrow I have to write my final paper for the class I took--it won't be too tough, I just need to get after it.

Next weekend all the boys will be around, as my oldest has his 10 year class reunion, and youngest returns from Guard camp. My middle son and his wife think they've found a potential property to purchase. I hope that proceeds well, but if it does, my granddaughters will be moving away, which makes me sad. They do need to be together, though.

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Good day to you MK and Lisa. We had the carpet installed yesterday and the painting was finished on Sunday before we went to Don's mom and sisters. It looks so good and everything coordinates. It's hard to believe that we chose tile which is pulling the color from the carpet and it looks like we planned it professionally. Don did such a great job installing the tile. Even the carpet installers commented on the job saying it looked professional. They do all kinds of installing, carpet, tile, and wood. It was a wonderful boost for Don.

I'm glad it's all finished but I wish we had painted the door throughout the house. They are white, and now look shabby against the new carpet, tile, and paint. I've been scrubbing the doors around the handles, no time to paint the doors.


I have been putting everything back in place, although we switched the furniture around with the help of the installers. They place everything were we asked and after they left we finished positioning them. I think I like where the sectional is now, I makes the room look bigger. I do think the lighter paint also helped. Before we had all the walls painted in tans and browns. They are now different shades of green. The main area is now a much brighter and lighter green. The carpet is a dark tan and the tiles are multicolored with several shades of brown, beige's, with some streaks of greenish gray and orange throughout.

Don will finish grouting tonight and tomorrow night, and finish painting around the sink on Friday night or Saturday. My sister will be here from Seattle this weekend. She and her husband are coming for the 50th High school reunion. They have signed up for reunion activities on Friday night and Saturday, but will have time to see us on Sunday. My daughter will come over from Columbus and we'll have a cookout when everyone is here.

I still have some things to put back into my hutches and my decorations back on the tables, now that everything is dusted and clean. I will clean the bathrooms, and straighten the bedrooms yet but all will be done before the weekend visit of my sister. My daughter has seen the tile, but not the carpet yet so will see the finished rooms when she comes on Sunday. I've also decided to switch were I store my good china. I had it in the bottom cabinets of my hutch, but with a 10 month old getting into everything, I'll put them in the upper shelves of the corner hutch. I'll also move my glass things higher. Maybe then it'll be less no's and watching him and I'll have time to visit.

My food has been off with all this going on, and so I'm trying to get back on track today and for the rest of the week. I'll be doing a lot of walking all over the house getting everything back in place.

I'll try to get some pictures of the new look, but wish now I'd taken some before ones. Oh Well, I'm happy it's almost back to normal. I'll close for now, I need to finish things.

Everyone Have a great day. MK, I like that you had your sister visit and that your mom will be settled into her new area. Sorry though that your dad is having problems. Lisa, hope you'll get finished with all the other things you have going. Also great job with getting back 200lbs, and keeping up with the exercise.

Bye for now. G.

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Good morning! Things have been busy for both of you! Lots of updating and staining and so forth - that is always nice - but even more nice when its all done and you can sit back and enjoy.

Friday before the 4th both the kids came and helped me clean the house from top to bottom. I was just happy that the carpet got cleaned and all the walls were washed and the bathroom was detailed out. The dressers I bought for mom from IKEA were put together as well.

On the 4th my husband and I headed up to Portland to try and enjoy the Blues festival going on - great music - great food. However, the day was in the high 90's and all the shade spots were taken. So we wandered around and shared a a meal while standing under a large shade tree with about 100 other people (no room to sit and it was sandy dirt ground). We wandered some more and met up with our son & his friend and we wandered some more. Finally after about 3 hours we found a shady spot behind some of the vendors and sat down for a few minutes. It was a great festival, but like every year we don't bring our own chairs and we don't get there early enough for a good sitting spot. Headed home to spend the evening at the house with the dogs (they are stressed due to fireworks) and have a nice BBQ with no kids (they all had their own thing going on). It was a nice day though and my knees didn't do to bad being up on them for so long and parking on the 7th level of a parking structure with only stairs.

Sunday (midnight) drove to the Portland Airport to pick up my sister who came in from Georgia. She is here now. As soon as we got into the house (1 a.m.) I got a call from the facility with my parents and dad had taken a fall again (he fell Saturday night as well). No damage - just a bit bruised.

Monday was setting up the furniture for mom's Memory Care room. We've also dealt with lots of recent falls for my dad and other messy bathroom issues for both. Apparently, as dementia goes through various stages, people forget how and where to use the bathroom - mom has reached that stage. So it has been a very busy couple of days.

I'm at work today and tomorrow - then off on Friday for more doc appt for dad & my hair appointment. It seems never ending. Saturday will, of course, be the moving of final furniture and paintings to her Memory Care room. It will be a long day. I think we will do a BBQ in the evening when all is done.

My sister goes back to Georgia on Sunday night. It has been wonderful spending time with her and getting to know her better - that has been a true blessing throughout all this.

Food has been ok. I'm still hanging at the same weight for quite a few months now - that has been good - but I'd rather be losing it. Exercise continues and I even got my sister to join me for step class yesterday and she will come and do weight lifting tonight - so that has been nice.

Well I have to get working. Lots to catch up on at my desk.

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Well, I am finally dropping a few lbs. I'm hanging right around 200, which is where I'd been existing until last fall when all of hubby's job stuff was happening. I think when all was said and done, I'd gained 8 pounds, and there are now mostly gone, but I know how easily they can come back on. I'm still working towards that 185, as I have been for years.

I just came in from staining the deck--just have a few floorboards to finish with a 2nd coat, and then it's spindles and other small work. I got hot, and its not even that hot out, so I'm drinking an orange Shandy, and my, is it refreshing. I don't drink much beer, or malt beverages of any kind, but this is tasting quite good at the moment.

I so want to get that done--tomorrow is out as I'm going in to work, and I may take the girls on Thursday. The weekend is supposed to be super hot, so I won't get much done then. Friday might work--I don't have an obligation until late in the afternoon. I just want to be done!

I got a new pair of shoes today. Man, are they cute. They are a black wedge sandal, fairly high, but really comfortable. I wore them around the house for quite some time. We have a wedding in Sept. at which we will be hosts, so I'm trying to find attire for that event. I ordered a gray sheath dress, hopefully it will fit. I'm pretty sure I've got enough possibilities for accessories to make it all look nice.

Is the carpet done G? You are getting there, I can't see the progress, but I know you are ready to be done with these projects. I'll probably have a flooring project soon--maybe by next summer I'll be ready for some new carpet and kitchen tile.

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Lisa, Don finished all the painting, and finished laying the tile. We still have to grout it and there is one small area around the sink in the kitchen we need to paint. We have to take down my valance to paint, and I want to switch two cabinet position next to the sink, so we are waiting until next week to grout and finish these last few things. The carpet will be laid tomorrow and then the fun for me begins. I have to put everything back in my hutches, desk, tables, and clean the spare bedroom.. We put everything in there and the things in there has to be returned to there proper place.

We did celebrate some over the fourth. Our daughter's family came over on Friday and brought some chicken and veggies to share, so we spent time with them instead of working. We loved that they came, but Don's projects were put on hold, and a day lost. That's part of the reason we didn't grout, or finish the kitchen. Then we celebrated with Don's mom, and sisters on Sunday evening. We were able to finish up the painting before so that was a help. We went out to grab a beer and a sandwich on the 4th but didn't watch any fireworks that night although we can see a few higher displays from out back porch.

We are tired but at least we're almost finished with everything, and by next weekend when my sister comes for a visit we'll be able to enjoy her without worrying about the house. Since while moving furniture, cleaning out the hutches, and drawers the house is in good shape. I washed all my china and crystal, cleaned and washed the inside of everything. Spring house cleaning plus!

I still have everything to put back in place, and will have to vacuum and clean my bedroom, spare bedroom and office will get everything in the house finished. Today I have to do laundry yet so will close for now.

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G, it is taking me forever to finish staining my deck. Between the rain, wind, and running out of stain, and my other obligations, I'm having a heck of a time completing this project. I had high hopes for doing some today, but the wind is strong and it is simply unpleasant to stain when the wind blows debris and it sticks in the wet stain. I'm going to sympathize with Don, but hopefully he too has a plan to finish his projects. Tomorrow I'll hit it hard!!

Happy Independence Day. I was reading an article in which people know we celebrate, but many cannot articulate the history behind this holiday. That's truly a shame, and it is something I'll definitely be sharing with the grandkids so they know.

Got a good strength workout in, and rode bike to the different events around town. We're grilling some steaks for dinner, but no guests this year, just hubby, me and youngest son. Fireworks over our little city lake at dusk, usually around 10. We have a fantastic show.

I unpacked and settled into my office yesterday. I just need to decorate and find some file folders. I searched the supply room, cabinets, file drawers, and all sorts of other places, and I struck out. I've got a key to everywhere in the building, and I couldn't find a file folder--I'm sure I just overlooked them, but talk about humbling. It's a reminder that I've got lots to learn, including the simple stuff.

My son leaves for Guards tomorrow for two weeks. He's not one bit excited, but he'll endure. Hard to believe he'll be out next March. That time has passed quickly.

Is your company still present MK? I hope you've had a nice time with them, and I continue to think of your parents and the support you provide for them. Hopefully you've had a bit of time to celebrate this weekend.

Be safe this weekend, and enjoy whatever it is you do to celebrate this fine holiday.







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Mk, It's somewhat the same with me. I appreciate all the hard work Don is doing, but I wish he wouldn't take weeks to finish a project. If he could have taken a week off to get it all done instead of going from weekend to weekend and work during the nights during the week. I love that he's going as fast as he could under the circumstances. It'll be great when all is finished. I just wish he'd let me help in some way. I will do some of the painting though, or we'll never get it all done. He does the high areas, I do the middle and the low ones

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th. It'll be a busy weekend for us but we'll take a break to have a cookout with Don's Mom and sisters. Carpet gets laid on Tuesday so I decided to take the dogs to the groomers while it's being done. I know that they would be underfoot or kenneled the whole time and at least they will be clean and groomed when returning home. Clean dogs, new carpet. It'll keep them from shedding all over the new carpet. It'll be interesting to see how they react to the new digs.

Everyone have a great 4th. Enjoy the day with your family and the celebrations. I'll catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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Good morning! Lisa - you crack me up - I'd get my book back out and keep reading. I sat on Saturday and didn't do a darn thing other than watch movies and play some video games. Felt so guilty for that, but my husband kept saying "you need to just not do anything - give your mind a break" - I couldn't agree more. Sunday was a trip to IKEA to find a dresser for my mom - that was a great success, but I was by myself - so loading the boxes up was awkward to say the least.

Good news is that my sister in Georgia is coming to Oregon this coming Sunday - well she arrives at 12:05 am Monday. We will be setting up the room for our mom that day. I don't think I'm going to sleep between picking her up and all the talking and catching up. We have to go back up to Portland to pick up the bed from ParkLane Mattresses (made right here in Oregon!) for our mom. Boy does that place make nice beds!!

I have been working out regularly, but the weather here has been in the 90-100's so that can be difficult. The YMCA I go to is in a very old building and the A/C doesn't always work good. Though lately its been much better.

Well I have to get working - take care. Georgie I hope the flooring is done soon - I really have a hard time with things "out of place" - if even for a short time... I'm a bit OCD on that.

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I never thought I'd say it--but I am bored! Shame on me. It is raining, just enough so I can't finish staining the deck, but not pouring by any means. My office won't be done until the end of the day tomorrow, so I can't even go in to work and finish unpacking. I'm taking a class, but the prompt isn't up for this week's discussion. I'm using every bit of will in my body not to eat. My granddaughters are napping, as my son is keeping them home this week. I've called two friends to go out for coffee; they aren't available. I suppose I could ride bike, nope, now it is raining harder, and that's just unpleasant. I already took a short walk, did an intense video workout this morning, have read 1/2 my book, took a trip to the store, and made a salad for dinner. I'll start the lasagna shortly. I'm NOT BAKING!! Movie, maybe, let's see if I can find something that won't make me want to eat more.

Cleaning, well, there's always something that can be cleaned I suppose. What I really need to do, but have been avoiding, is to clean out my e-mail inbox. Rain just decreased to a strong sprinkle, maybe I'll get on the bike after all.

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Lisa, so glad your son got a teaching job. I'm sure he'll be happy once he gets into the teaching. Nice that you were able to get your deck finished. I know it's an expensive project, but it'll be several years before you'll have to do it again.

I feel like I'm living in an obstacle course. My kitchen is a mess. Don had to pull out both the stove and refrigerator to lay the tile. We also started painting the Kitchen while everything was pulled out. It'll be this way for a couple of days until he gets it all done and grouted. He's laid the larger ones and was cutting the other pieces yesterday. It'll be another day or so to put them down and then to grout them. It'll look great once he's done but a lot of disruption while doing it. He'll cut the tiles in the hall tonight and if he works on everything during the week, we might survive. Ha, ha. We are trying to get all the tile laid before this weekend. We also want to paint the living area, halls, and finish the kitchen before we lay the carpet which will be the week after the 4th. More disruption. At least I'm getting my house cleaned. It'll look great when it's all done. I keep telling myself this while all this is going on.

I wish I could say we have sun and 80 degree temps, but again we woke to rain which will continue all week. Some days the % is low maybe 20% or 30% but we have had so much rain we're ranked 9th on the list for the largest amount of rain, breaking records. It keeps us indoors and outside chores are not getting done. I need to get some weeding and deadheading flowers one of these days. Over the weekend it was also very cool and almost like fall and we had to breakout our sweatshirts and jackets. Very odd weather here, not summer like at all. Along with all the rain we have flood watches and warnings. I'm hoping we will at least have a nice 4th. We haven't been able to grill out because of all the rain. It would be nice to have a nice holiday for a change.

Well I need to get off here, I have much to do this week and still need to do my normal things like dishes and laundry. I'll catch all later. Have a wonderful day. Bye for now. G.



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Good morning. All is well in SD, sunny, calm, quite warm (upper 80s), but I'll take it. That's a perfect summer day for me. I'm involved in the usual weekend chores, and deck staining. We decided to go with a DeckCorrect stain by Cabot. I'm liking the coverage, and the overall look so far, but not so much the cost. Oh well!

Exciting day as well. My son was offered, and accepted, and teaching/coaching position about 15 miles from here. The coaching was exactly what he wanted, but the teaching position isn't quite what he wanted: grades 5-8 at a Hutterite Colony. It will be a fantastic experience for him, and the school district (they provide the colony teachers) is a good one. We are allowing him to live at home for one year, and we've agreed upon the terms of his rent and some general rules. He is really excited, and we are quite happy for him. He was quite defeated after not getting the job he really wanted, but that's how it goes sometimes. The young man who got the job he wanted is actually from that town and had a few years of experience already, which is tough to compete with when you're just out of college. He should be able to make good progress on his student loans this year, and he'll still be in the National Guard through next March, so he'll have that bit of income. Oh, and he gets $1000 signing bonus. Their salary is a little low in my mind, but the benefits they offer are fantastic, so it all evens out in the end.

Once again, we are thankful for the Lord's blessings, and this all comes amidst the controversial SC ruling on marriage. I am saddened by this decision. I know everyone has strong opinions on this subject, so I'll not go too far here. I simply hold Scripture, and the never changing Word of God, as my guide in these matters. The verses I'm finding solace in come from Psalm 46, primarily verses 1-7.

As far as sleep, this week has been great. I've been going to bed by 10:30, and getting up between 5-5:30 daily. It is a great schedule. I'll be getting up at 4:45 once school starts, so I'll make sure I'm in bed by 10 on those days.

Exercise done for today. I'm going to work on the deck for another hour or so, and then call it a day, as it will simply be too hot later on. I'm hoping for an evening bike ride too. Maybe I'll do some more plant maintenance, that's kind of an ongoing task these days.

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Hello - the lack of sleep plague seems to get us all! I'm a 4 hour sleeper - on a good day maybe 5 - and I really feel pretty good. Since the cleaner eating has started and I have protein at night (cottage cheese - or something similar) I find I sleep better and more REM sleep. When I do wake in the middle of the night (2 a.m. -ish) and I see I've been awake for more than 30 minutes - I will remove myself from the bed and go to the recliner. They say changing your position/location can help. I sometimes fall asleep really good in the recliner and I'm good to go - other times I will find I'm nodding off and then put myself back into bed - with no fuss between the chair and bed (no stopping for potty or whatever) - I will fall back asleep and be good until alarm at 4:45 - 5 (now that is my internal alarm - haven't used an alarm clock for years).

My evening eating is changing. I'm making sure I have lean and green at night. Definitely good protein keeps me from snacking. I need to make sure I'm consistent on this - otherwise I will graze - and that happens a LOT.

I'm on day 4 of everyday workouts - step class today. Been doing spin class on M-W-F and weights at home (when I remember).

The weather is turning hot. Yesterday in the 80's - today in the 90's and tomorrow in the 100's for the weekend. Oregonians don't do well in the heat, but are very thankful it is not too humid.

cleaning the shed this weekend... oh the joy of kicking out the spiders - NOT! hate doing this because they seem to high-tail it to the house. Hoping to get them all sucked up by the shop-vac! They are huge buggers.

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Lisa, it seems that we are plagued with the same problem, I can't get past 4 hours sleep myself. I agree that being tired and eating goes hand and hand. I either eat what ever is around or nothing at all. You'd think that not eating would help you lose but it doesn't. I think it makes my body think it's starving and holds on to all the fat and carbs because of not eating. I'm too am trying to choose good foods when I do eat, but most times I don't.

It's a cool day today, but we have rain and more rain so we can't get out to exercise or even walk. We are planning to paint before the carpet is installed so I'm preparing today for that to happen, Purging and cleaning the living area. I can't believe how much dog hair and old spider webs I had behind furniture and tables.

One more thing for us to do before the house is ready. I just hope we can get it all done and not bite off more than we can chew. The carpet is here already, so we have to put the installation on hold until we can get everything done. I'm hoping we can complete things before my sister arrives from Seattle on July 10th,11th and 12th. We'll see though.

Hope the day going great for everyone, Lisa enjoy your walks and bike rides. MK, have a healthy day and weekend. Bye for now, G.

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'Tis a spectacular day in northeast SD! I have already taken a 1.5 mile walk, cleaned the deck with a spray deck cleaner in prep for staining (this weekend's project), made some healthy blueberry muffins, and trimmed some weeds and tree branches. I have to complete the assignment for the class I'm taking and give some thought to the final project.

SP has a great article on the evening eating that seems to plague us. I was caught by the tiredness-ghrelin connection--anyway, I struggle with evening eating, and it seems to have increased in the last five years. I do not sleep as well as I used to, not sure of the reasons, but I seem to wake up more often during the night and have more trouble falling back to sleep. I've never required a lot of sleep, but I rarely get more than 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep--I may go back to sleep for an hour or two, but I seldom get more than 7 hours--usually its 6-7, and I think that's enough. I may have to re-evaluate this, because I KNOW I eat because I'm tired. My husband says the same--he notices it as well.

Well, I wish you both a fantastic day. I have long bike ride planned for early this afternoon, so I best get to work on my class.




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MK, glad you mom and dad are doing better. Hope when your mother moves to the other area she'll be able to adjust quickly, as will your dad being without her.

Don hasn't finished the tile in the hall yet but will try to work on it more this weekend. I figured he wouldn't work on it during the week, mainly because of the time restraints and the fact he worked all day. To make this more difficult, he's had some over time this week, and backups with traffic which has delayed his arrival time even more. It's nice he has some overtime, but he can't get the hall done because of it. By the time we eat dinner and move everything it's late so not enough time to work, without making it a late night, He goes to bed by 10. I know it will all get done, but might take an extra weekend to finish it.

He's taken all the molding and door jams down and it's all in the laundry room. I can't get in there to do laundry although I did get in yesterday and ran a couple of loads. I did hit one piece of molding with my arm though and cut the heck out of it, I wish he'd figure another place to put the molding. He doesn't want to put it out in the garage because of the high humidity and storage problems. I might ask him to move it into the extra bedroom instead since we don't use that as much as we do the laundry room. He'll have the shoe molding and other molding to move in the kitchen next week, so I feel it would be better to keep it in the bed room instead and let the laundry room alone.

He'll still have to trim door molding once it's to be put back up so it's necessary to remove it now and he can run the tile right next to the walls and door jams. Our carpet has arrived so the tile has to get done before we can put it down. We were hoping to lay the carpet the week after the 4th of July weekend, so we can get all the furniture move for that on the weekend. It looks like that we'll still be laying the tile that weekend too.

I'll be glad when it's all finished. It is getting me to clean everything and purge my stacks of things on my furniture which is a good thing and sorely needed. It'll look like a new place when all finished. It'll also give us a chance to rearrange the living area since we have to move the furniture, at least the hutch, tables, smaller chairs, and a big desk. They will move couches and larger chairs, and my dinning table. I need to make sure to clean out my hutch set anyway. Washing everything, cleaning my silver, & cleaning out my drawers too. So will be busy with this while Don doing the tile these next two weeks.

Anyway I hope everyone is having a great week, and a wonderful weekend. MK, keep up the exercise and good eating habits. Lisa, hope your bike riding and exercise goes great too. I have a few things yet to do today so will close for now. Catch all later.

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for some reason my post yesterday is not here...

Things are going well. Mom will move to memory care on July 11th. We have to get her room ready for her with furniture and all things familiar to her (happens July 6th). Dad will be able to stay in the same apartment they've been in - we thought he'd move to a smaller one, but not much difference in price.

Since my dad has started new mood stabilizing medication things have been better. I can usually tell because mom is much happier when I come over - not so stressed. It is almost good enough to say no memory care, but we will go through with this because it is only a matter of time. When she goes to her new room she will not be a happy camper - so we must be prepared for that.

I've been exercising every day and my food is better, but still need to stop the snacking at night. I've done better the past few days, but my evening choices haven't been the best.

Spin class has been good, but oh man does it hurt to sit on that seat!!

Well got to be quick - things to get done. Take care!!

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Good morning. Tired today, I fell asleep in my recliner at 11 last night, and woke up at 3AM and went to bed and slept there until 5 when I finally got up. I think although I slept several hours in the recliner I'm not sure if it's as restful a sleep as it could have been in the bed. I was so tired last night, Don was laying tile all day. We started in our front hall. It was hot yesterday with temp in the mid 80's. I couldn't help him much, but cleaned off the furniture that we had to move and purged and dusted it. Then the rest of the time was trying to keep the dogs from bothering Don and getting in his face. They did settle down except when Don went into the garage to get more tile or trim tile.

There's no easy way to block the entrance to the hall from the living area and kitchen. We had to figure a way to block them. Don finally found a partial piece of sheet rock and blocked the entrance to the hall from the living area, and I blocked the other with furniture, the kitchen trash can, and a smaller piece of wood. It finally did the job. The dogs could still see him but it kept them from being in his face.

Still have the hall and entry to finish tonight and we'll work on the kitchen next weekend. Don still has several pieces to cut and fit to make the tile wall to wall, and then we'll have to grout it all. The area is still blocked, to keep the dogs off, but hope to be able to walk on it after tonight. Since most of the cut pieces are around the edges, we'll be able to step over them to get to the garage, laundry room, and office. It's surprising how often I go into these areas and not to be able to get there without walking on the new tile. I've needed to go to the garage, and laundry room several times already this morning. That's pretty much the activity we did this weekend, at least Sunday. We had to get all the tile, mastic, strips, a large bucket, a mixer and a few other things for the job on Saturday.

We'll have to see how the tile laying goes next weekend for the kitchen. It'll be more of a problem since we need to cook, wash dishes, use the refrigerator etc. We'll have to stay out while he's laying it down and then staying off it for a day.

Hurricane Bill remains came through here all Saturday. We too had high winds, lots of rain, and thunderstorms all day. Flood warnings out and boy was it hard to get all the errands done. We had to go to Miejer's and Sam's on Saturday too as well as getting all the tile. We spent most of the day being wet.

The had an air show going on this weekend, and I'm sure it was rained out on Saturday, although it was humid and hot on Sunday at least it was able to have the show on Sunday. It's a big deal, and tickets are expensive and I felt sad for those trying to enjoy the show in the rain. I'm sure none of the flights took place on Saturday, but at least they could enjoy Sunday.

I need to get off here now, I've been on here long enough. I'm still dealing with the blocked hall and have to walk all around the house to go to the garage. It's really funny when you think about it. Anyway, I hope this week goes great for all. Enjoy yourselves, get plenty of exercise, eat healthy, take care of yourself and love your parents.

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Happy Monday. We were awakened before 4 AM by thunderstorms, but they moved through quickly, and we sustained no damage, as far as I know, but areas to the west of us, and the southeast of us had extreme damage, and straight line winds of over 80 mph. Maybe I'll take a short nap later.

Workout done, although I may take a bike ride this evening. I'm making a meatloaf for dinner tonight, with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed cauliflower as sides. I use ground turkey and ground beef in my meatloaf to keep the fat content down. We really don't notice much difference from the days when I used all ground beef.

Our Father's Day gathering was lots of fun. My father-in-law behaved well, and he even apologized, several times, for his behavior over the last few days. I'm noticing more memory lapses, and he gets winded with the smallest efforts, like going up 3 steps. I know his upcoming bladder surgery will be a longer recovery than the one a year ago.

Eat healthy this week. I've got to quit having so many lapses with my planned meals--I won't make progress if I don't fully commit.

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Weekend greetings. Our visit to the Children's museum with the 3 and 4 year old grands was fantastic. We could've stayed longer, but we were all getting tired. The weather was gorgeous, so the outside activities were fully enjoyed.

I think my consequence for the 4 year old's tantrums is a success. She wanted to use the Ipad last night, and it simply reminded her that she doesn't get to use the Ipad at Grandma's when she doesn't mind her mom and dad. That was it, she whined a bit, but then just left the idea alone and was on to other things. This morning when it was time to leave with her parents, she attempted to start with the refusal again, when I reminded her of what happens. She sulked for a few seconds, which we ignored, and then she got up and left without a problem.

I just found out too that she's been selected to be a peer model for the pre-school program at the school next year. Her vocabulary and speech skills are very strong, and she simply needs more expected of her. She'll be 5 in Sept., so she is older, but in SD, a child can't attend kindergarten at all when they are 4, which is a very good thing. They have to be 5 before they start kindergarten. I waited for my oldest and youngest to start when they were 6 because they had summer birthdays, so they both turned 19 the summer after they graduated high school. As a teacher, I know that kids who struggle in school do so more because of social immaturity than academic weaknesses. Anyway, just my thoughts on that subject.

And, her dad, my son who is working out of town, has a job offer back here. It would involve some training and some work on the road, but the wages would match, or be slightly higher than what he is making now. I asked him if he'd enjoy the work--he said he'll enjoy it if he's making good money. That might lead to burn out, but he'll need to figure that out.

Workout done, sun is shining, wind is blowing, and I'm preparing for a group of 13 for a BBQ tonight. I would love to have it on the deck, but I think the wind and heat will prevent that from being comfortable. Father-in-law is on a rampage this morning; angry with my husband for not attending a funeral. My husband has not seen this person since he was a kid and hardly remembers her, and even though he told his dad he probably wasn't going to attend, his dad is still upset. MK, once again, I know your parent care issues are far greater than mine, but this is getting tough. He was very mean to his daughter on the phone just a few days ago, and of course, she called here in tears.

Ah, the blessed sleep, G. I hope you've continued to sleep well, and have made a decision about South Beach diet. I know of several who have had success, although I don't know of anyone who has maintained the program and had long term success of more than a year. I do believe it is a sound program, though. Any change is tough. I tell myself I can do anything for 14 days--I just need to commit.

MK, I do hope your mom's transition is going smoothly, and your dad is accepting this new living arrangement. I simply pray that your mother obtains physical comfort from her care providers, and spiritual comfort from the Lord. I know the mental decline will be extremely challenging for all family members.

Enjoy this Father's Day weekend, and be kind to those around you.





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Good morning. I slept 5 hours last night and didn't wake up except once. Not sure why but I feel better this morning. I'm trying to go to bed 1/2 hour earlier and build up the hours I sleep. We did go out to eat last night at Applebee's but I made what I feel was a better choice for dinner. They have lower calorie meals where under the description they put the amount of calories the meal has. I chose the salmon, steamed potatoes mixed with spinach and zucchini, with a sauce made from artichokes, 420 in calories. It was filling and this morning my sugars were really low at 97. That's a good sign. I did have one drink, but stopped with that. I think if asked, they will fix the meal as requested. The other night when we went there, I asked for the house salad with grilled shrimp. They asked if I wanted the snack portion of shrimp, or the dinner portion. The snack portion has 8 grilled shrimp, the dinner has 18 to 20. I took the snack choice with dressing on the side. It was filling and tasted great. That time I drank water no mixed drinks. Baby steps.

The doctor suggested the South beach diet, he said that he eats their phase 3 because he had a heart attack and followed the plan after that losing weight and now maintaining it. He does allow a few indulgences but not daily. I had the book and the cook book too, so am looking at it and will try to follow it. Phase 1 will be difficult because no alcohol, and no bread, cereal, rice, or pasta, apples, cantaloupe, peaches, or pears. They also said no beets, carrots, corn, or potatoes of any kind. It's only for 2 weeks but it will be hard for me especially when we go out. I just need to set my mind to do it. Phase 2 starts adding things back like some of the fruit and certain kinds of potatoes and bread. I just hope I can stick to it. It'll not be hard during the day because it's just me, but I know Don will not go without his potatoes, corn, and pasta. I'll just fix a big salad and veggies with every meal and let him eat the other while I fill up on salad and other veggies. No alcohol though, but I'll do my best. We usually only drink when we go out, not so much at home, so that might be ok as long as we cut back at going out.

Don will be busy these next two weekends. We're buying tile for the kitchen and front hall tonight, and he will be putting it down over the weekend. The only problem is cutting it because we're to have rain all weekend so doing that outside will be a problem. That's due to hurricane Bill coming through the area. Anyway he might be able to set up in the garage, but the tile cutter leaves bits of cut tile and we'll have to figure a way to catch it or they'll end up in the tires and every where else in the garage.

The kitchen has less cutting so he'll start there. Keeping off it while it sets might be a problem for the dogs, because their food and water are in there. I hope I'll be able to walk on it without it slipping when I cook dinner and do the dishes. I wonder if we could cook everything on the grill?

Anyway I'm rambling so will close for now. Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Well I made a choice to not go to workout, but go spend sometime with my friend sitting in her backyard having a glass of vino. I'm feeling guilty for not doing a workout, but I really did enjoy my time with her. Lately I've been spending more quality time with her now that she has moved into town. She use to live on this very big hill with a gravel switch-back driveway that even my 4x4 had a hard time with - once she was home she didn't come down until she went to work. So basically she was a recluse for almost 4 years (since her marriage failed). I would try to get up there, but most of the time she preferred no company. Now that she has moved into town I can't seem to help myself from stopping by to see how she is doing.... didn't realize just how much I missed having a good friend close by.

Lisa - you are right about that fine line of being nosey and really delving in to find out about a friend. Not only did I do this with the girlfriend who lived on a hill, but my best friend who moved over the mountain range. Found out she has been very ill with bronchitis - and I never took the time to call and know these things. But you are also right - they as friends can also tell us what is going on and sometimes they prefer their privacy. So a fine line indeed.

Step class today and I'm prepared for a good day of eating. My husband actually helped put my lunch together for me - made me very happy. He has been so good to me. He's been picking up all the household chores (other than laundry) while I've been dealing with my parents.

Yesterday was a trip to see the primary care doc for my dad. I allowed the doctor to tell him about mom and what his recommendations were for her. So now my dad is on board with moving mom into Memory Care - he is very sad about this, but knows it needs to happen - for both their sakes. He is so depressed and yet so angry at the same time. The new medication helps to stabilize some of this, but it doesn't work all the time. He still gets very angry with her when she repeats and does things that she can't help. I remind him that he can control how he responds to her and if he needs to "eat it" (as he calls it) - then that is what he needs to do.

So Saturday my brother and myself will be talking with staff about transitioning her into memory care and look at the cost and the service plan. My other brother and his wife who are in san Antonio will be joining us via phone. I think this will be a good thing for both of them. Mom - yesterday - became combative with one of the staff persons who tried to give her a shower - so her disease is progressing at a rapid rate. Hard to wrap your brain around how this disease takes someone from you and leaves just a shell in its place. I feel that she will be gone before the year is done.

Well I best get back to work. Remember: "don't sweat the small stuff - EVERYTHING is small stuff!"

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I just returned from a 3 mile walk with a friend, and I've got some reflections that I want to share. I rarely exercise with a partner. I've never found one who is accountable enough beyond the first few times, so I just don't expend the effort. A few weeks ago, this gal, who is probably my closest friend, said "I'll call you and we can go on some evening walks this summer." I said ok. Well, she never called, so I called her tonight, and off we went. I didn't ask or say anything, I was just happy that we could exercise and visit, during which I found out that she's been having thyroid problems and has hardly had the energy to get through the day. She's been on medication for a week and feels much better. Anyway, my whole point is that had I called her a few weeks ago and initiated this, I may have found out then that she wasn't feeling the greatest, so know I'm kind of feeling bad that I waited this long. We are very good friends, but she still has two of her 6 kids at home (her oldest is 26, youngest is 11), so she's still fairly busy with their activities.

I'm asking myself how I got so busy and into my summer that I wasn't paying attention to my very good friend, and then I'm also telling myself that had she wanted me to know prior, she would have told me. On one hand, I'm feeling like a not-so-good friend, and on the other hand, I'm feeling like it was all none of my business to begin with. I'm grateful for the time we had together tonight.

I am once again reminded of how careful I need to be of judging people and situations based on my own perceptions and beliefs. I am still working on that skill.

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Good morning everyone. It's 3:30 and I am so hot I had to get up and cool off. The temps around here have been mid 90 degrees and high humidity. I know I should have tried to sleep long, sleep still an issue for me so here I am.

Doctor ruled out circulatory and heart problems. He said I have an inner ear issue and has given me medication for the dizziness. That made me feel better, he did up my blood pressure dose though, because it was up higher than should be. The tests showed I'm releasing sugar in my blood stream and it has showed in my urine test. That is the reason for all my swelling problems. Blood pressure. weight increase, and the leaking of sugar are all tied together so that's why he increased the blood pressure meds. He wants me to cut down the carbs and get my weight under control, which was not a surprise to me. Anyway hoping the changes he's made will help with everything. Don's weight was also up so after we talked I think we're going to cut out the carbs after noon for him and all day for me. We even talked using Jenny Craig for a while which controls both portions, and carbs, and might help getting us back on track. Not sure about that though. We also need to cut down on the eating out and drinks.

Don will be up soon, so he'll be worried I stayed up all night but I didn't just up early.

We got some money from Uncle Sam, and it's enough to do new carpet and tile for the front areas. We had it measured on Monday and went ahead and ordered the carpet. Don and I also found a tile at Home Depot that we both liked and so will buy it and Don planning to lay it before the carpet arrives. We had to order the carpet because of the amount need to do the great room dinning and hall. It'll give us 2 or 3 weeks to get the tile down before the carpet comes in. That will be around second week in July. I hope we'll be able to get it all done before my sister comes for a visit on July 11 and 12. She will be here for her 50th High School reunion which should be fun I heard also that her family, husband, daughter, and her family will be over this way to go to Florida to join my son and family at Disney. I think that will happen the week before she'll come here, but I don't think my niece and family will come. I'll have to check on that though. It sure would be fun if we could see them.

So much going on for the next several weeks. I'll be looking forward to seeing everyone. Still hoping to have the house ready. Since the weather so hot and I've not been able to get out to do the gardens, the guy who mows for the neighborhood and us too, cleaned up the weeds for us, put down mulch and trimmed all our bushes and trees. He was very reasonable so my out side looks great and I'll now be able to get out and do some light weeding and deadheading, without having as much to do before it got crazy.

Anyway I'm feeling better about everything now and am looking forward to everything being finished. Now I need to get the weight and food under control and my other issues too. Still not sure about the Jenny Craig but will look into the cost and continue talking with Don about it. It will help me a lot if he's on board with helping me eat better and not be difficult when shopping for our healthier choices.

Hope this day goes well for everyone. MK, glad things are better with your dad and mom, and I'm sure all will work out with the changes. Lisa, You sound busy as usual and hang in there while your husband is home and enjoy having him there even with his disorganization and mess. Be glad you still have him there and take time for the two of you. I'll need to get off now so will touch base again later. Take care. G.

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Hello - really quick drop in... spent time catching up with what has been going on with you two... sounds busy! Hang in there G - food will come, but you have to stick with it - even with a "negative Nancy" that Don can be when it comes to fruits/veggies. Prove him wrong and eat it all up. If I see something going bad (spinach or apple etc) I will chop it up and throw it in the blender with some ice & yogurt and drink my way through things - just so I don't toss it out. I'm not a fan of protein powders, but you should get some for you and make a smoothie at least once a week - add your spinach or kale to fruit mixes and you won't even know they are there.

Dad is fine. Got him on calming medication and we will be meeting with staff Saturday to go over the final stuff to move mom to memory care. Personally I can't wait for her to get there - she really needs that extra care and dad just won't believe that he can't take care of her. This will be good all around.

Well clean eating last week got me down a couple pounds and 1 inch off waist. I'm trying to keep up the eating, but the weekend happened... it was a good weekend, but bad with food. Jumping back on today with good food and I just finished my step class... yowza was that a class!! my leg are going to be hurting tomorrow!

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Good afternoon. Raining here, so its a quiet day indoors. My husband's afternoon appt. was canceled, so he's home today too, which means I can't quite do all the things I wanted to, as he's been on the phone. He has an office, but only uses it for storage, not to work, and that drives me nuts when I'm home. He's so messy and unorganized, but goes crazy if I suggest he straighten up his work area; sometimes I just can't stand it, so I straighten it, and he just has to deal with it.

I was expecting to have my pap smear this morning, but the Dr. said she's only doing them now every 3 years for those who've had normal ones in the past. I reminded her that she said I should come back in when I was sure I was going through menopause, but she still said it wasn't necessary, so I didn't have it. We talked about a lot of other things, though, which was great. So now I'm on a mammograms every year, and paps every 3 years schedule. Let's see if I can keep track of that!

All is well, bp was 110/78, and I'm grateful it is still staying low. I have to get my cholesterol checked sometime in the next few months, and she wants me to get more/better sleep, so she's suggested melatonin. If it will keep me from waking up after 4-5 hours and worrying about my daily agenda, I'll take it for sure.

G, I'm anxious to hear how your appt. turned out. So hoping you get some answers for your dizziness.

Stir fry for dinner tonight, and then I'm making some low cal cupcakes (cake mix and a can of pumpkin). I'll freeze most of them, but they make a good sweet treat. Still having to work on those extra pounds I gained.

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I'm trying to eat better but it's still a struggle. We've been finding it easier to go out to eat than fix something at home. I'm trying to stick to salads but will have a beer or two with it so it defeats the purpose. It's been so hot lately and the humidity is killing me as well. I just don't feel like cooking a meal at night, so we end up going out. I eat reasonably healthy during the day but I know I don't eat enough or spread it out during the day. I know I should eat a earlier breakfast but still find I don't want anything until 9 or 10 so than when noon rolls around, I'm not hungry. I then eat lunch at 1 or 2 so no afternoon snack and we don't eat until almost 7 in the evening. Don gets home between 5 and 6, and by the time we go out, the food arrives at around 7 depending on when we get to the restaurant. we have a few drinks before eating and sometimes an appetizer before the meal. we've discussed not going out as much but we still do it.

I'm still having my dizziness but not as often as before. We'll see the doctor tomorrow and see what he'll have to say about the blood work and urine test we took on Saturday. I'm still having swelling issues with my feet and legs and have started taking the water pills more, but it's still not helping. That's why I think much of my dizziness issues are do to circulatory problems, and not having enough sleep at night. I've also gained several pounds since we last saw him so I know he'll not be happy about that either. Anyway I'll have to face to music tomorrow.

Hot again today. we've been carrying temps 90 degrees or higher with humidity to match. It hit you like a brick once you step out the door. We've had some rain but only enough to bring the humidity higher. It seems to arrive late afternoon or evening and it's not a bad rain, but barely enough to green things up. This weather also keeps me indoors more and Since I've fallen when working in the garden I am reluctant to do it when alone, and Don get home later and doesn't want to jump right outside and do the yard work so waits for the weekend, and after running errands we're tired and don't want to work in the hottest time of the day, or we've got rain by that time. I will probably try to get out and do it anyway depending on how I feel tonight. Maybe if I start it just before Don gets home it might make him want to help. Here's hoping anyway.

Lisa, sounds like your having a great summer and are keeping busy. Great job on the 50 miles on your bike. Wow! 98 and going strong. What a wonderful legacy your grandmother has. Dons mom will be 94 this July so we are happy she is doing well too. I enjoy her so much, and look forward to spending time with her more.

MK, hope everything has settled down with your dad and mom, and that you're doing great. I hope your able to get back on a routine again with the eating and exercise. Just stay with it and do the best you can. Take care of yourself too.

I got up early today and already cleaned my house. I might try to get into my closet and go through my old clothes and maybe get them sorted so we can send them to good will. I wish I knew where I could find a shelter so I could give some of the better clothes to them. Anyway that's the plan for today. I might also bake some healthy Muffins, but that will depend on how I'm feeling. Anyway I hope all is great where you are. Enjoy the day and the rest of the week. Bye for now, G.

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I rode over 50 miles on my bike last week, will try to repeat or increase that this week. My elbow is giving me fits again--darn arthritis--so I need to limit my strength work and just get back to the stretches and ibuprofen.

I am a great aunt once again. My niece had a baby girl yesterday. This is my 98 year old grandmother's 8th great-great grandchild, and one of 112 grand, great grands or great great grands. What an amazing legacy. She is in tough shape, but still here, and she says to all visitors "God's not done with me yet."

Shopping trip today, 2.5 hours one way--my list is made, and by the time I return home, I should have purchased deck stain, and paint for my bedroom furniture--in addition to several other items. Yes, I'm going to paint it. If I don't like it, I'll hire someone to re-do it, or live with it until I can save enough money to replace it. The furniture is fine and in good shape; I'm just sick of the light color.

It's crazy, but I'm particular about my bras and underwear, and I won't order those online, so once a year, I drive the distance to get a bra fitting, and purchase my favorite brand of panties. What fun!

I hope you are both eating healthy these days and getting in as much activity as you can. Have a most wonderful Monday.





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Good morning. I've already had an almost 2 mile walk, and I've done a few loads of laundry. I had a rough night, couldn't sleep, as I've got this cold or allergy thing going on, not sure what. My eyes really itch, and my nose is stuffed up, and I'm sneezing like crazy. It's not really getting worse, or better for that matter, which makes me think it is some type of allergy or sensitivity to something outside. I've been spending lots of time outside biking and walking, so that certainly could be the case. I've never been diagnosed with allergies, and this is just an irritating situation. I go to the Dr. on Tues. for a physical/pap, etc., so I'll inquire at that time.

I'll be on my bike after lunch for a long ride, planning for 15-20 miles. So excited. The temps are in the 70s and winds are mild. So happy the weather is bike riding friendly.

I might go to Minnesota next week and see my folks and sister. I usually visit them once per summer, although I've seen them twice over the last month, at the graduation and the wedding. I'll see what things are going on. Next Friday, I'm taking the grandkids, not the baby though, to the Children's museum in a city about two hours away. It is free, and wonderful, geared primarily for kids ages 3-10. They have lots of hands on things to do, so I know they'll have a blast.

I have decided I'm going to paint my bedroom furniture. I'm not sure exactly when, but I'm going to go dark--not black. I'm going to skip the sanding and use a primer product--I'll test it on the nightstand first, and go from there. I've thought about doing some contrasts, but I'm not good enough with color to know what will look good together. I almost have to see it first. Gotta have a project, I guess.

So sorry your Dad's disposition isn't improving, MK. My granddaughter can be trained yet not to act that way, your father is who he is, but being mean to others is never acceptable. You are handling him well, even though it may not feel like it.

I'm making a chicken dish for dinner tonight--about 4 chicken breasts in the crock pot, cover with some chopped onion, and pour a jar of green salsa verde sauce over all, let cook for 4-6 hours on low. I am so excited to put this in tacos, quesadillas, or on a salad. I've not tried this before, so I'll let you know the result.





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Good morning! Absolutely my dad's issues are stemmed from all the things going on around him - then you toss in the fact that he is really just a very stubborn and selfish man who thinks if you don't hear what he's saying you must yell at that point. He is an angry man from way back. He is realizing that they planned for their death but not for these years before death - nor for dementia and the very long, painful road it takes you down. Because he is not getting his way - very much like Lisa's grandchild - he is throwing a massive fit. My silence yesterday with him when I took him back to the facility made more of an impact on him than anything else - I hope.

So - food has been pretty good this week. Other than a few cookies (and the whole wheat pasta) throughout the week - I ate clean. I feel pretty good. This is the last day of the challenge and that makes me happy - because I have tons of leftovers from the meals throughout the week.... and some meals I didn't get to (I would use the leftovers because I didn't want to cook).

Today is going to be a kale, zucchini, thin sliced raw brussell sprouts, veggie salad with a creamy lemon low fat dressing (came with the packaged kale). My snack is some Fage Greek 0% fat yogurt with frozen raspberries on top (they thaw by the time I eat it). Tonight dinner will be fresh salmon and a greens - maybe some grilled veggies.

Exercise will be a long walk with a friend after lunch.

Well I have to get working. I've missed so much time dealing with my parents that my work load is becoming difficult to handle - I just hate that kinda stress on top of everything else that has been stressing me. So a deep breath and digging in to get things off my plate.

Take care. Oh Georgie - make sure they check your heart - blockages can cause the dizziness as well (I'm sure you know this). Take care of you!

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MK, my thoughts and prayers are with you now. I'm sure it's trying for everyone dealing with your parents. Maybe all the rehab, and seeing the decline of your mom has effected your dad. I hope that any decisions you have to make will help with the situation.

Lisa, Does your grand child have a new sibling around? Maybe that is a problem with her. Also she might be testing her independence and seeing how far she might get. Be consistent with the punishment and let her know who's in charge and that it's not her. Maybe if she doesn't want to go home something is going on that causes her to act out. I hope it will be resolved before the next visit with grandma.

Dizziness still occurring. Checking my sugars regularly and also checking the blood pressure a couple of times a day when feeling dizzy. I see the doctor on the 16th, and will discuss what's been happening. We'll have blood work done on Saturday and maybe he'll have the results by the time I see him. I'm also thinking about asking him to set up an appointment with the sleep center. I haven't had my c-pap checked for several years and might need to be retested for the sleep deprivation, and get a new machine, and start using it again. I'm hoping that getting my eating in line and sleeping better might help. but only time will tell.

It's gotten hot here and the humidity is going higher. We've hit 94 yesterday and it's to be the same today. I guess that summer has arrived. The rest of the week they are calling for rain, and that might cool things off some. I can't deal with the heat and don't want to be outside when it has an advisory out. Anyway, I'm staying inside more and watching what I'm eating and trying to go to bed earlier at night.

MK, hope all works out with you family, and Lisa, I'm sure the acting out is only a faze for your grand child. Everyone have a great afternoon and weekend. Catch all later, G.

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Good morning. It has just been a whirlwind of things going on. Emotionally I'm doing much better today than - well - lets say last night. It all started on Tuesday... dad went to the ER. Hes had a 2 day hospital stay because he blacked out on Tuesday morning and fell. He didn't hurt himself, but he just wasn't himself. So they've run a battery of tests to see if it is a lack of oxygen to the brain, but no. He's been dizzy since he's been on the antibiotics. I made the call to send him to the ER. He was cussing up a storm in the dining room and was threatening someone to stab them with his fork. I think mom's rapid decline has gotten to him - plus all this anger outbursts and verbal abuse has caused mom to decline even further. So we've made the decision that mom will be transitioned into memory care and dad will go to a smaller apartment mid-July. I think this will be good for both of them. It is emotionally taxing on all of our family. I've been so grateful for my dear friend being available for a shoulder to cry on.

All this week I've been doing a 5-day challenge for clean-eating that my little sister is promoting. My daughter and I have both been on it. I have fell off the proverbial wagon last night - mind you it was more of a dragging the body behind me while hanging on to the wagon - so it wasn't horrible. Today I'm ready to handle today with the food. My dad will get discharged from hospital this morning and hopefully I'll make my step class.

My connection with my Father God has grown stronger these past few months. I continue my prayers for my parents and my siblings and, of course, myself - for strength, patience, understanding and compassion. I pray for my loved ones who are supporting me through this and for all who have this in their lives.

Georgie - I hope the dizziness has gotten better. Please take care of yourself!!

Lisa - could be the terrible two's (they can come on late). You are correct - consistency and follow-through are VITAL - also consequences.

Have a super day today.

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G, please take care of yourself. I do hope your dizzy spells are simply something minor that is easily resolved. That must be scary for both of you.

I had the girls yesterday afternoon, took them to the pool, which was fun, and then we had a bit of time to play at home. The 4 year old is being rather naughty for her mom--it is truly a battle of wills, but she has got to be punished or consequenced, and I'm not sure what happens when she gets home, but I can guarantee she'll not have Ipad time the next time she's here. She has put up mild resistance before about going home when her mom gets here, but it is increasingly getting worse, and this is ridiculous behavior for a 4 1/2 year old child. It is just with her mom, and usually happens at our house and her other grandparents' house, not so much other places. It does not happen when my son is here, of course. I hope this doesn't get worse.

I managed to get a cold that has just zapped me of energy--lots of body aches and head cold type symptoms. I went to bed shortly after 8 last night; I was so tired. Hoping the long night of rest energizes me and improves my symptoms.

Planning a walk later, cool day today, maybe 70, cloudy all day. Also on the agenda is living room cleaning, vacuuming/dusting primarily, and tomorrow, windows--I hope anyway.

How did the move go, MK? I hope you are adjusting well to your new space.

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Lisa, hope your first day shadowing the outgoing principal will go well. I'm like MK, if you need something more to do you can come over to my house and clean. Ha, ha.

Mk, hope the move to the 5th floor will be an easy transition. It sounds like there is much going on with your work. You both seem so busy and doing well.

I'm trying to change my eating habits by following Bob's skinny rules. We went grocery shopping Sunday and I bought loads of veggies to eat and also some strawberries and blueberries. My hubby got mad with my list. He hates it when I get on this healthy kick as he calls it. I made a very long list most of which was veggies and fruit. I also bought a small turkey breast, some ham, and ground turkey. I have frozen fish so will eat that. I wanted to buy some fresh Salmon, and more veggies, but Don was complaining all during the shopping. I sometimes wish he wasn't along because I would have bought a few other things like asparagus, different kinds of lettuce, and spinach. Don said every time I picked something up You won't eat all of that and you know I won't, so I put it back. He's right about some of it, The container of spinach, the asparagus goes bad before I can eat it all. I wish I could just buy a little bit of the lettuce, spinach, and asparagus but they come in pound portions or larger. I didn't have a chance to check out the frozen area like I wanted, Don said we had enough and wanted to go home. I'd love to take the car and just shop by myself so I can take my time reading labels, and checking out the frozen selections of the veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, frozen fruits, asparagus and green beans. I would have bought them instead of fresh. Anyway I bought things we both will eat so maybe it'll give me a start.

I've got Don worried and myself included. I've been having dizzy spells. It usually occurs when getting up after laying down or after sitting a long time. We went to a farmers market on Saturday but it was closing up and many of the booths were already torn down. However when stepping over a curb, I got so dizzy, that Don had to grab me to keep me from falling. I got dizzy several times that day, and it continued on Sunday. I get up from sleeping and have to sit a while before standing. I'm not sure what causes it, I've checked my sugars when feeling this way, but not having any drops or low readings so I'm sure that's not the problem. I've been stopped up more since my cold, and allergies are bothering me, and wondering if I've got an inner ear problem. Don also said it might be my blood pressure medication, or my medicine I take for my diabetes, since I've been on the same ones for several years. I've also noticed that my sugar is running higher than normal. I'm due for a check up, and blood work so will do that this next week, and maybe the doctor will be able to help discover what the problem might be. I also wonder if it's lack of sleep. I've only been able to sleep 3 or 4 hours a night. Anyway at this point I'm guessing. Right now I'm afraid to drive by myself because of the dizzy spells, and Don wants me to carry my cell phone anywhere I go in the house or outside.

I'm sorry to be so winded and writing so much, but it helps to vent some with people like you two. Thanks for listening. I'll try to have better news next time I write. Take care, I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Been such a wonderful thing having my dad back at the apartment with mom. Though I know it is tough on him seeing the "new" mom (her dementia progressed quite a lot while he was away) - I think both are happy to be back together.

Lisa - from what my brother has told me - you shouldn't need to stain your deck multiple times, but the sealer is key to maintaining your stain. You do need to reseal it on an annual or bi-annual basis though. Hope that helps. I think he only re-stained it every 8-10 years.

Well my desk is all packed up and ready to be moved to the 5th floor. Quite a process this is for the entire unit. Feel bad for the support staff that have to coordinate all this. Today the computers go off line at 3 p.m. and hopefully will be up and running on Thursday morning.

Oh and Lisa - if you run out of things to do at your place - you can always come to Oregon and get my house done too!!! hahahaha - you are so busy!!!

Georgie - hope all is well with you. Hope that you will be able to get another vehicle so you will be able to get out and about more.

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15 mile bike ride yesterday, took just over an hour. It was tough going north, as the wind was strong, but it felt good to ride fast when I came back south. My knees were really sore last night, but not so much this morning. I'm setting a goal for 50 miles a week on my bike over the summer.

Other than that, I've started to clean out some closets, and I'm taking the first couple of boxes to the women's shelter today. I swept and straightened the garage, but that needs a really good cleaning yet this summer. I've got the basement done, except for my son's bedroom, as he is moving home until he gets a teaching job. He's got to be out of his place by the end of June, so he's gradually moving his stuff home.

Today I turn in my keys, after which I will be officially transitioned to my new school. Its a learning day for me, as I'm spending most of the day with the outgoing principal. My secretary, though, has been there for a number of years, so she will be critical in this transition.

Hot today--90s. I like the heat, but this won't be sustained. It will cool off into 70s and 80s for the rest of the week.

I do hope you are both doing well. All the best.

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Summer greetings. I have grandma duty today for 16 month old granddaughter. She is presently napping, so I'm doing a few light and quiet household chores, and adoring the hand and finger marks on my front windows. We have read books, played with the toys, chased and chased around the house, and watched gigglebellies on Youtube. After lunch we will take a stroller ride to the park and play in the sand. Maybe we'll do swings and small slide. I'm not sure yet what she likes to do.

I am excited to get this house cleaned from top to bottom. I packed up some clothes to donate to the women's shelter, and I've got more things to go through. Our city wide rummage sale is in a few weeks, and I've got some items that I think I'll just set out on the driveway and give away, as some might be great for a college student moving into an apartment.

We continue to get inquiries about our house. The boys are all moving away, so the only reason for us to stay is to provide support for my father-in-law. He is not happy we are considering this. We do not have to sell, and we may not, but we are in a position to profit significantly, at least it looks that way at the present time. We will just pray and see what the Lord intends for us. On Sunday we are going to the town in which I work to go to as many open houses as we can.

Yesterday was my first official day off contract, but I did go in to work to finish up a couple of things, and to load up my office. I will go in next Tuesday and spend the day at my new school working with the retiring principal--that's just because I want to, and need to.

I've scheduled two medical exams--eye and physical (pap,etc) so far, and I need to schedule a dental as well. Deck staining is on the calendar again this year. I did it two years ago, and it has all worn off--not sure why the cedar isn't holding the stain. I was told I didn't need a sealer, but I'm really wondering.

I'm making a beef and broccoli w/brown rice dish for dinner tonight. Time to get the beef browned and the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot.

Wishing you both a relaxing weekend. Stay strong and positive.



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MK, glad your dad is home and safe. I hated rehab when I was there after my knee surgery so I can feel for you and your dad. The night aid was useless and took a long time to come when I buzzed. I was on a machine that was bending my knee all night long so any time I needed to go to the bathroom I had to call so they could take me off it so I could go. I can't remember how many times I barely made it or messed my pants because they didn't get there in time. I go than I would have to wash and change my bed clothing to go back to sleep. There was no excuse for me not making it to the bathroom. Than they didn't take me as often to exercise by walking or even in the therapy room. I was lucky to go to therapy once a day and walk once a day when I should have gone once in the morning and once in the after noon, and should have walked at least 3 or 4 times a day. I was so glad when I was able to go home after 2 &1/2 weeks.

Sorry I got off track. So glad your dad survived and is now where he belong. I sure your mom was so happy to see him, and that your relieved that he is safe and now on the right medicine. Hope you'll be able to get back on track now with food and exercise and work on yourself.

Shopping is important. I'm so glad we go to Sam's Club and stock up on canned goods and meat. I know the canned veggies aren't as good as fresh but it's better than nothing. I rinse off the veggies before cooking and add fresh water when I do cook them. I have been lacking the fresh produce which I know Is better for us. Sam's frozen veggies are way to big and by the time I get it half way through the bag it's freezer burned and I pitch it. I need to go every week and get fresh produce, fruits, and frozen fruits and veggies to have on hand. Just once I'd love to get what I want to eat in this area, instead of choosing what Don will eat instead. I would only buy two or three of the veggies I want but end up buying larger amount for both of us instead. I want to just go to the farmers markets and shop but Don doesn't want to go so we rarely do. Now is just a great time to do that, but many of them are during the day and close by 5 and I know of only 2 places open on the weekend, but one is open 3 to 5 on Friday, and the other is on Saturday but about 10 miles down the road from us. That's the one I really would like to shop. It has fresh produce, fruits, fresh farm eggs, bread, and even some meat products. Still hoping we'll be able to go more than once or twice this summer. There is a little place nearer to us and I believe its open 7 days a week till 6 or 7, but to get the freshest produce you need to get there when first open at 8. They only have veggies and fruit in season nothing else.

Anyway I can hardly wait when we could afford a second car, but that is so far down the road for us I can only wish. In the mean time I'll just try to get what is needed from the local market. We have two new store just opening here called "Fresh Thyme" and a new Whole Foods place, and would love to go there and look and buy some of the organic choices they have. It's supposed to be as near to farmers markets you can get. Maybe this weekend since we have no plans. Last month we traveled every weekend but one.

Lisa, glad the wedding was a success and everyone had fun. Mk, now you can get back to some type of regular routine now that your mom and dad are together again and where you feel good about their care. I need to get my house in order, and maybe a little yard work. At least it's warmer today, and more like June weather. We were in the low 40* temps these past mornings, and barely made it into the low 50* temps during the day and rain or scattered rain every day this past week. We might be near 68 or 70 degrees today but still a chance for afternoon rains. We'll see if the weather hold for me to get out side work finished.

Will close for now, have a wonderful day and a great week. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. YIPPEE - dad is back home with mom!!! This of course didn't happen until Monday, but he is home never the less!! It was quite the drama at the rehab facility. I've never seen such an unprofessional director of nursing. That facility was so lax in their protocol and just everything. It shouldn't have taken so long to get him discharged (5 days). Then they lied to my brother about how they were doing things and even brought me into their lies about scheduling a meeting with me - uh - no they did not. It was just craziness. Incompetency - plain and simple. I believe my dad is going to file a lawsuit against them for the mis-management of the medication. They gave him coumaden that wasn't his - not just once, but at least 3 times that we know of - and to top it off he was already on an aspirin regimen. So basically his blood was mere colored water. Could have killed him.

But so happy I'm not having to deal with them any more!!

So I've been sleeping non-stop (it seems). I even took yesterday off to try and catch up, but ended up having to help my husband with a planting job at one of our customers. That was actually kinda fun - the lady gave me a budget of $700 for plants... do you know how many plants you can get with that? holy mackerel!! I love buying and designing the flower beds.

My food has been way off track and after talking with my husband we realized that we haven't had any time in the past 43 days to really do some grocery shopping. So we were always having take out or a quick bite here and there, but no real groceries at the house. So we will just have to fix that!!

Exercise - well I missed yesterday step class (I usually never miss step) but will get to a spin class today and back to step tomorrow. Eventually I'll get back to the weights. I do some at home, but not enough.

Take care. Happy the wedding was a success. Georgie - hope all is well with you too.

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I do hope your father has come home, MK. Perhaps that will provide some emotional stability for you. Wishing you and everyone else well.

The wedding was wonderful. We had a great time, and I do believe all who attended enjoyed the event. Several of my family members left right after the wedding and drove to MN to attend my nephew's graduation today, so the reception ended up a bit smaller than initially expected, but still fun. It was tough on the baby though. She got so tired and with all the activity we just couldn't get her down for a nap, and she had this pretty dress on, but she couldn't move and play like she wanted too, but the babysitters did a great job of wrangling the little ones. We got home early this afternoon, and we each got a little nap.

Later tonight we are going to the drive in to see Pitch Perfect 2. Our anniversary is Tuesday, so this our date for #31. It'll be a later night than I'm used to, but I'll survive. Back to work tomorrow, and even though Wednesday is supposed to be my last day, I expect I'll need to finish out the week just to get all of my work done!

G, sleeping isn't my friend right now either. It seems like I'm waking up after 4 hours, no matter what. I just wonder if, in my case, its related to my job change, and perhaps even the stress of the wedding. I don't like taking any type of sleep aid, as then I have trouble getting up. I don't require a lot of sleep anyway, but still feel like 4 hours isn't enough.









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Mk, hope you can bring your dad home this weekend. I'm sure it will help your mom to stop all the death talk when he is with her. I feel for you about all the drama and difficulty with your mom and dad. To bad you can't get help from nearby family but it's nice your brother tries to help with phone calls. Crying is the best was to vent frustration and tiredness. Be sure you take time for you and try to relax and get some rest too. Take care of yourself as well.

Lisa, how exciting that the wedding has arrived, and all goes without any problems. Enjoy the weekend with all the festivities and wedding. I'm sure it will be a huge success. Have fun with your family. Hope the interviews go great for the following week as well.

I am still having trouble with my sleeping, Waking up so early today as well. Just when I have a day I could have slept in too. Oh well I guess I can get a few things done early before we leave for errands and the graduation party later. Sunday we'll take the dressers over to my daughter's place and will be able to spend some time with them before returning home. Otherwise we'd have to go up just drop off the dressers and return home for the graduation party. So Sunday it will be. It'll be another busy weekend for us. Maybe we'll be able to relax for a few after this. Well will close for now. Everyone enjoy you weekend. Catch all later. G.

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Good morning!

Will be thinking of Lisa - hope all goes off without a hitch. Will be nice to have it all done, but enjoy the family time and celebrations!!

Georgie - busy busy - you have been!! Great family times and memories! Always enjoy those!

Taking forever to get my dad discharged from the rehab facility, but my brother made some calls and I'm still hopeful that he will be out of there today (probably wishful thinking). Mom is declining rapidly. Last night she was talking about not being afraid of dying. I said that is good mom, but not today! This whole end of life process is - well - quite a process. Not just for them, but for all the family and especially me. It is very exhausting. I'm so emotionally drained that it is sometimes very difficult to think of my words. There are times when all I do is sit and cry - get it out of my system and keep moving.... nothing else to do but to keep moving.

Tomorrow I'm going to take the dogs up to the hill and go for a nice long walk.

Well I've got to get going. I was late for work - overslept a bit. Take care everyone

Blessings to the new couple this weekend!!!


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Rehearsal tonight, wedding tomorrow. I took the afternoon off work yesterday and helped decorate the reception area. I took today off as well, but am doing a bit of work from home. I will work an extra day or two next week. I had a teacher at my new school resign, so I've got to do interviews next week as well.

I'll give a report on the wedding in a few days. Have a great weekend.



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For some reason I've stopped getting notices about posts on SP. I've been looking but have not received any. I guess I'll have to go to my sign in page and register some of my wants. Other than that all is well. Memorial Weekend was good, we went to Indianapolis on Saturday and spent the day at my son and his new bride's BBQ. Don's mom and sisters came. My daughter and family were able to come over for part of the day and they followed us home most of the way. We didn't leave my son's place until almost 9 pm, and my daughter had a 3 hour drive back home so she takes the same route we do until we get off at the Dayton exit and she went on to Columbus. We wish they could have come to our house for the night and stay but her hubby worked on Sunday and the Holiday. Anyway we met most of the brides family but one sister, and it was nice to get to meet them. Than Sunday we stayed home and relaxed, watched the INDY race, and did a few things out side on Monday. It was a good weekend. We've been home bodies the rest of this week.

We also went to my granddaughters birthday party on the 16th, spending all day at her place cleaning and helping her get ready for it. She had 20 or so people at her place and most of the time we spent cleaning and running errands for her. It was a very nice party though.

We will go to a graduation party this Saturday, and go over to my daughters place on Sunday. My son gave her two dressers last Saturday but they couldn't get them in their car with all the car seats and booster seats, so we told them we'd take them to our place and bring them over the following weekend. We talked about going over on Monday, but Don tired from the 2 &1/2 hour drive on Saturday, so we will go over this Saturday and drop off the dressers.

We've had rain and thunderstorms most of this week, and a tornado touched down in Beavercreek, just up the road from Xenia. It tossed a bunch of cars in a shopping center were we used to belong to a gym, and damaged that gym and several other stores. It was called an instantaneous tornado since there was no warning and it touched down only 1 minute and was finished. Big news around here about that. Good thing only minor injuries and no deaths.

All good here, and we have nice weather for today, and may try to get out and finish up some work on the weeds in the front garden. The last time I tried, I fell and hurt my arm and broke my little toe. I think that was around May 14th or around there. My toe is still sore, but everything else has healed. I felt so silly falling and scared the neighbor. She had just come home for lunch and heard me calling for help. I was having problems getting my feet under me and needed a push to stand up. I really need to figure exercises to strengthen my legs and core.

So far this month has been busy. I need to get into a routine for walking and exercise, although my food hasn't been to bad, I need to watch my sweets. It's still my weakness, along with bread and homemade baked goods.

Hope everyone having a good week, I hope to get notices from SP so I can stay in touch more. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend. MK, so glad your dad will be returning home soon to be with your mom. Lisa, I guess the wedding is soon and I hope the clothing situation with your son works out. Have a nice day. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Finally my dad has the PICC line out!! WOOT WOOT! now it is just the paperwork process to get him discharged from the rehab facility back to the assisted living with my mom!! I wanted it done last night, but they have to have a treatment plan in place that the primary care has to sign off on... so we wait.

My daughter and I have signed up for a 30 day challenge of clean eating. My sister (the one in Georgia - not the one here) has created this event and can be found on facebook on my page - if anyone is interested. She is a shakeology person - beach coach - or whatever it is. I'm choosing not to do the shakeology stuff, but I'm going to create my own protein smoothie with some natural raw protein from our local natural store. I'm excited to have others to work with me on this.

Hopefully with my dad now getting back to the apartment with my mom I won't need to be there as often, but I will be checking in with them on a daily basis. My mom's dementia has gotten worse over the past 4 days and with no UTI found - it is just the dementia running its course. Her agitation level has increased and she is almost to the combative stages. I'm sure it won't be long until she is put in memory care.

Well - work is calling me - actually my egg white veggie omelet is calling me (they make a good one in the cafeteria)... take care

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Good morning. It has been a very restful weekend. Friday was a huge tabacle with my mom. Ended up leaving work early to deal with her distress/anger. Some how that put me over the edge and I just shut down. Doc for dad on Wed. & Thurs. then the Fri thing with mom... I was done. Didn't see them Saturday - went on Sunday - and didn't get out of bed yesterday. Feeling guilty for not seeing them yesterday, but I can't go backwards. The nice part was my son and his girlfriend were at the house on Friday when I finally made it home. Big hugs, listening ear, and a nice meal out.

I have a long list of things to get done today not just for work, but for my parents as well. It will be another week of doctor appointments for my dad. We are hoping that he will be released from the IV antibiotic this week, but it all depends on the blood workup. So moving on...

Lisa - I hear you about the sites that charge you to get assistance - always brings me back to SP - love it here.

I snickered when you said the thing about your son and the shirt... must happen to a lot of mom's out there! I feel your pain... though my daughter is really good about those things, she has her moments. Our son is exactly the same.. last minute stuff - absolutely hate it!!

I've been looking for a good spin bike - problem is the one I want is about $1,500 (shows the Watt output and other things). So I've been doing some looking on Craigs list, but I'm leary about things there. I'll keep looking and hopefully I can find one at a reasonable price.


Well I'm a bit scattered this morning... got to see if I can gather my wits and so forth together.

Take care. G - hope all is well!

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There comes a time when I need to reflect and make some decisions about certain things, and now is that time. First of all, I participate on another healthy living web site, which I've loved, but some things have been happening that have me wondering if I still want to participate in their blogs. Their plan is sound for sure, I have no problem with that, but there are some ethical things: having contests but never awarding prizes as promised, offering assistance in terms of "whatever you need," but once you ask, then they say they can't help until you pay. If that's the case, fine, but don't lead the participants to believe otherwise. I've seen it happen over the last few months, and it's simply not the same as when I joined it 4 1/2 years ago. Anyway, that's what I love about SP. It's all free, and there's no secret agenda. If it costs, you know right away. Secondly, my gym membership. I seldom go there anymore. I have enough space and equipment at home, except for an indoor bike. Of course, now, I'm ok, since I can ride outdoors, but I like having the indoor spin bike option in the colder months. Maybe I should just bite it and buy one to have at home. There are enough workouts online to meet my every need, so I really shouldn't need a gym. I can always re-join, I suppose.

I've done better this week with my food. I've just dug in and found that I have to not give in to myself, because I can justify anything. One night I was really proud of myself--I wanted potato chips badly, so I sliced up a potato thinly, tossed the slices with a bit of EVOO, some s and p, and then placed them singly on a plate, and microwaved them for about 4 minutes, checking every minute or so. They were excellent. Technically a serving is 1/2 a potato, but they were so good, I ate them all. Of course, they aren't calorie free, but at least they are all natural.

My niece's graduation reception is tomorrow, so I'll drive up for that. My 98 year old grandma is in her last days (we've thought that before), so I'm hoping to visit her as well. She says she's ready to go to heaven, and we are praying for her peaceful passing. She has been suffering these last two weeks, but her resilience over the past few years has been amazing. She has over 100 grandchildren, greats and great greats included, and not one divorce in the mix, which I find incredible. She had one child that was stillborn, but her other 6 are still living, the oldest is 77, my dad is next at almost 75.

My son's wedding is a week from tomorrow. I hope they are ready. My oldest son today realized his shirt didn't fit--how that became our problem, I'm not sure, but my husband ordered one for him. I wasn't real happy, since I told him two weeks ago to try it on. He also can't find his black shoes, but in order to find something, you have to look. He's married, perhaps they could work this problem out? This type of thing drives me nuts, and I refuse to solve problems like this for him, but my husband rescues him every time. Grrrrrr. . .Okay, so about the griping.

Rain this weekend, but my flowers are potted, and my new columbine is in the ground. I lost my daisies--I can't keep those more than two years, so went with something heartier. I lose mums every couple of years as well, and while I love them, it seems that they just don't handle more than a couple of winters.

MK, enjoy your bike rides this weekend. It sounds like you were grateful to have the relatives around to take some of the burden off your parental care. I hope your children are doing well these days.

Anything happening in Ohio, G? I hope you are well.

Have a wonderful weekend.










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Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well and has a little sunshine their way.

My brother and his wife went home Tuesday, but it was sure nice to have them here. I didn't realize just how much I needed someone until they were here. I really appreciate my sister-in-law so much more now than I ever have. She is an ICU nurse and was able to come in and really give me some good advise and help me get things taken care of for both of my parents.

I'm still getting some exercise in, but it has been more and more difficult these days. Mom is requiring more and more of my time. I try to set limits but usually end up with phone calls throughout the day. She has become more and more confused without my dad being there in the apartment. Though yesterday wasn't a bad day for her. The Norovirus has been going around all the facilities in Salem - so the facility where they live was in lockdown. This means that the residents stay in their apartments and do not dine together. Well mom is a social eater and wasn't sure what to do with the food they brought to her room. She stopped eating most of the meals - I was making sure she got some Boost in her so her nutrition level stayed up. So happy that they have taken the lockdown off and all are back to eating in the dining room - yippee!! At least when she called me she sounded much happier.

Dad is still in the rehab facility dealing with a bone infection. Amazingly enough it started as a UTI that went sepsis and found the damaged bone in his wrist. It still just blows my mind how those things work. Anyway - a couple more weeks of IV antibiotic and he will be able to move back to the apartment! YIPPEE!! I'll still be going over every night to make sure they get adjusted to being back together. Mom's dementia is so much worse than my dad will remember - so this will be a difficult transition period.

My food is not super great the past week, but I'm getting back to my regular eating of fruits and veggies.

The nice thing on the weekend is that I can bike ride over to see my parents (16 mile round trip) and basically "kill two birds with one stone" kinda thing. I hope to do that on Saturday, but I hear the weather will be wet - I don't like to ride in the rain. I don't mind walking in the rain, but riding a bike is not fun in the rain.

Well take care ladies! Hope your holiday weekend is filled with fun and laughter!

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Last day of school today. I have been in, or on the verge of, tears most of the day. I will miss the students, but I will miss my teachers more. I am grateful, so grateful, and blessed beyond measure for the experience I had at the school I'm leaving. The gifts and cards I received were just so moving.

My official last day is June 3, and my first day on contract at my other school is July 1st, but I technically don't have to be at work until August 1st. I have some time to finish up my work, clean out my office, and get all those moving out things done.

I hope all is well with you two. I've been focusing on clean eating this week, and I've had two great days. Today wasn't so good, but I expected that, so back on track tomorrow.





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