Kathy, I hope the new meds work out for you and I hope you have fun with Stella tomorrow. We are going to have up to 4 inches of snow starting around 7 am tomorrow and ending around the Friday rush hour. Starting Sunday we will start warming up again.
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I got some new meds today--hopefully, this bronchial stuff will be on its way out! DIL asked me to watch Stella tomorrow afternoon. Gladly, since I didn't have her yesterday I feel like I've missed out this week. Unfortunately, depending on what time she arrives, she goes down for her nap around 2 and is frequently still napping when her daddy comes to pick her up, so my actual time with her might be somewhat limited tomorrow.
It was really nice and warm (60's) on Tuesday, but it has cooled back down. This is soup season for me, and I love to try new soups and still enjoy the "old" ones too.
Pat, down 2 Ibs...keep going girl...the only extra thing I would do is to start putting aside some money to either take in the current clothes you have or even better, get some new ones. You may need to replace your wardrobe soon and that will be fun!
Kathy, I was given a couple of tubes of something called LifeCell from my relatives who live in UK. They told me that it's actually an American product and after searching on the internet, I discovered a mixed bag of reviews on the product. Since it was a gift, I tried it anyway and although it did not get rid of my hyper-pigmentation, the marks were somewhat lighter and the skin did look better. Perhaps, you could try this one too.
I am getting busier at work and with both kids away and minus grand-children for now, I can definitely manage. The only challenge nowadays is looking for good staff - people are no longer built of sterner stuff like us! Sigh!!!! Take care girls.
Pat, I agree. The new bangs look good on her and she did look lovely in her red gown. You have a very lovely First Lady. And for all we know, she may be an advocate of Dove soap and Dove body wash herself. Which explains why, at just 6 years younger to me, I look 15 years older - must be all that anti-ageing crap I am using on my face. But I must tell you that the best cream for the body is coconut oil which we can get very cheaply in Malaysia. It gets absorbed so well.
Please do post a picture next time of your GS in the Zumba class. And it will be a lot of fun to show him this picture when he's 18. I can imagine his reaction - "omigosh - what was I thinking of, grandma???".
Kathy, hope to hear from you soon. And hope the remaining days of the week turn out to be better than your weekend was, health-wise!
Kathy, I'm glad you did not have the flu and hope you fell better soon.
Prema, the new bangs do look good though. LOL I only use Dove soap and Dove body wash. I have never thought of having a surgical procedure to remove wrinkles or excess skin. I can think of better ways to spend my millions.
Went to Zumba with my 6 year old GS. He loves it, stands in the front row and gets plenty of complements after. Such fun.
Hi Kathy. Oh you poor dear. I had a bad case of "gut attack" last year and as I am allergic to most anti-biotic and other medication, I had to rely on mother nature and some herbal remedy to get me by. All in all, I was down for about 4 weeks and just had to follow the doctor's advice "to allow my system to naturally get rid of it". I know how drained you must be feeling - you may also need to stay away from some of the "trigger" foods that make the situation worse like dairy products, etc. Forget the exercise for a while - and if you can't, then perhaps half the usual length of time would be optimum until you fully recover. Which I hope will be real soon.
Pat, really love your weight loss progress...2013 could be your year. Will pray for you that this journey becomes more successful than you originally anticipated.
Welcome back, Janette. Feel for you. And be prepared for your daughter to miss you like crazy and discover just how much "mum got things done for me".
By the way, ladies, do you use any particular skincare products? I will not spend a single cent on invasive plastic surgery or even botox but I will buy products that promise the elixir of youth for ageing skin! Over the last couple of years, I have noticed the products getting more expensive and so I decided to have a look at the ones sold by drug stores. In Malaysia, we have a limited choice so I started looking at IHerb.com and came across products that are distinctly cheaper and with more advantages for mature skin. I had a look at the reviews of the site and the products and they seem to be pretty good. Let me know your experience on this. By the way, I am such a sucker for the promises made on products that are recommended "for over 50".
Hope the week turns out to be good for all of us - and we have more news than just the First lady's new bangs!
Rather than the flu, it looks like it was just a brief episode of intestinal gunk. Yea for that. My walking has really fallen off the past three days...thinking I'll catch up as my health improves. I still haven't gotten out to look at ellipticals either...that too is on the back burner.
Hi all am trying to get time and organization to get back into this. At least I am maintaining the weight and not putting on but am really busy sorting out after my daughter lleft home and went to China. Have to make time to read some of the past posts....But not this week...
Prema, I know from experience that my husband is not accepting of aging. He complains about his back and just his overall well being. It's not that he hasn't tried to do something about it, but the complaining is relentless. When I go to Zumba, there is always a warm up song and cool down song and at my weights and bands class, we stretch for about 5 minutes before and after. I think that is the key to a good workout.
Hi ladies, How have you been? I have been inundated with work all week. Had to go to Singapore on Thursday. Celebrated my husband's 59th birthday on Wednesday - and is it my imagination or do women age better than men?? I am not talking about looks...it's more about the attitude and acceptance of the fact that one has to adjust to a whole load of stuff as one gets older! I have always maintained the theory that with most men, work defines them. Many women, on the other hand, are proud of their achievements at work but prefer to look at their situation in life holistically and work therefore is one of the many things they are able to juggle alongside everything else!
By the way, here's another item that crosses international boundaries - politicians and their scheming ways through the many smiles, handshakes and baby-hugging episodes!
Before I forget Pat and Kathy, I just wanted to ask you both about whether you do any stretching after you complete your exercise. Two ladies I know (who do not exercise as regularly as you both do, truthfully!) had a slipped disc and a strained back as they were reaching down to retrieve a trinket that had fallen under the table and to move a flower pot respectively. The doctor suggested that they commence some from of stretching and/or flexibility exercises as they would have had less issues had they they done these earlier. So please, please, include stretching/flexibility in all your exercises. And Pat, CONGRATULATIONS on losing ONE MORE POUND. So very proud of you.
Have a good weekend ladies. Have to get the house tidied up for some visiting relatives.
Kathy, the doctors are so busy these days that they may not want to see you either. And yes, where is Prema? What did you think of the president's speach yesterday? I can't see anything being accomplished by it
Congratulations, Pat, on the loss of another pound. I've been waiting for a call from the doctor's office. I hate to go in because sick people are there. Since it's the same thing I had last time, I'm hoping he'll just call in a prescription. I'm scheduled to see him next week anyway.
Yesterday I got a call from the NRA asking me to help them keep gun laws the way they are. I shouldn't let government tell me that I can not have an assault rifle or semi automatic with 30-50 rounds of ammo. Fortunately it was a recording or else I would have given them heck.
We pay our lawmakers WAY too much. We should reduce their salaries by the amount they collect from PACs--better yet, vote them out!! It would be great to see some new faces in there--ones not so eager to play politics.
Well, Miss Stella has the flu and we spent most of Saturday night not sleeping. She had a fever, chills, and a raspy cough. DIL took her to the doctor today. I feel fine and so is my son; DIL was sick over the weekend and not too perky today. She should have stayed home from work but didn't. (That's the way the flu gets spread, right?)
My son gave me some very interesting information today, something I'd not heard before that, unfortunately, explains a lot. The word he used was "diabolical." A former Kansas representative named Todd Tiart insured that there would never be research to back up any claims regarding guns: influence of violent games, personal ownership of guns, etc. He attached something to a bill (passed by Congress) that makes it illegal for medical personel to ask questions from injured persons they treat that have anything to do with guns, negating information that could be used as a basis for research that could affect the gun control issue. It also prevents would-be researchers from using data documenting ownership, etc. Most hot-button issues can be affected by research--like smoking; however, there will not be research of that type because of data that's now illegal to gather. Prior to the bill, there was information that had been gathered--small sample by research standards--that showed 43% of shootings (not sure fatal or not) were to members of/by family-owned guns. It does not please me that the representative was from my state; however, he was voted out of office. It saddens me that Congress can be so underhanded...but then, again, they're pretty good at attaching things to bills. It just makes me wonder if they ever really read them.
I went to Play It Again Sports on Saturday, but I think perhaps an elliptical would be easier on my knees. The only ones were either new or sold; however, the manager indicated that they're a frequent acquisition and to check back during the week. That's where I got the treadmill and feel like I got my money's worth. It's just harder to get my steps in without the treadmill. I have logged 4 miles today.
Prema, I'm not sure that with stronger gun laws we would be able to get guns off the streets. There are so many out there, both legal and non legal. We have so many young men out there settling te score with weapons instead of words. So sad.
Hi Kathy and Pat, Hope your weekend was a good one and Kathy, yours might turn out to be a little more expensive than you would have liked if replacing the treadmill is the only alternative for you. The good news here is that even the weekends cannot tempt you into giving up your exercise completely...that's willpower!
Pat, no mass shooting at gun shows! That's an interesting observation and must say something more about where deranged people get their weapons from. In many Asian nations, firearms control is mandatory from a legal perspective but the enforcement of this law is fairly suspect. And this is why we are sometimes no better than the countries who repaet the fifth amendment to allow citizens the choice of owning a dangerous weapon. Let's pray and hope that the President and the Vice-President are brave enough to set a precedent in America for the sake of our grandchildren.
Prema, the vice president is heading up a committee to try to reduce the number of senseless shootings. One thing is for sure, the NRA is a stronghold on government and their suggestion was to arm teachers. I could see more tragedies with that strategy. Gun owners think there is nothing wrong with owning a gun that can shoot of 30-50 rounds of ammunition without reloading. To me that just increases the deceased count. If homeowners want a gun to protect themselves, they should be able to do that with a small gun. If a hunter goes out, he does not need to have an assault rifle. We need to get the guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable and those with anger issues and most of all criminals. In Ohio,they have loopholes where you can purchase weapons without having a background check. If there is a gun show, they can purchase on there and be out shooting people in minutes. Funny thing, I have never heard of a mass shooting at a gun show. How ironic. I also do not own a gun and do not wish to.
Kathy, enjoy your time with Stella and sorry to hear about the treadmill.
Prema, the Newtown incident was indeed a tragedy, and gun control remains a hot button issue. I wouldn't own a gun, but they are cherished by many. Everyone agrees that something needs to be done; the disagreement is, of course, on what needs to be done. Personally, I don't believe arming people in schools is the answer. Unfortunately, the hard heads won't give; they'll just get concussions running into the other hard heads!!
I did 1.5 miles on the treadmill this morning before it stopped. I've had it for quite a while and bought it used, so I guess it shouldn't be a surprise. I will need to get out today and see what I can find to replace it. I'll have Stella for a few hours this evening.
Hi Kathy and Pat, Glad that everyone is getting back to normal, if not, at least better. And it is tough to get back to exercise after a period of lay-off. I hope none of your family or friends were affected in the fatal shooting of school children - I read about it when I was In London just before Christmas and was absolutely mortified when all the details were presented in the subsequent days. I did not know until then how much power the NRA could wield in America. What is the situation in your states? Is everyone questioning the right to own a gun without checking on the background of the individual? Prema
Kathy, I'm glad your DB is doing better. We are going to have rain and warm temps today. Near 60 today. It should melt the last of the snow from the day after Christmas.
I'm going back to weights and bands class for the first time in about 3 weeks. My knee was really bothering me, but I have been wearing a brace for a little more than a week and my knee feels much better.
I tried to call DB earlier today. There was no answer; I left a message--clearly, they weren't home so I'm guessing they're better. I didn't hear back.
Man, there are a bunch of crazies out there!! Someone at a McDonald's drive-thru in Wichita had a tire iron thrown at them and also had their car shot with a shotgun. A man and woman were arrested--seems their order was wrong and they wanted to get back to the window faster than waiting their turn in the line. I'm not a fast food proponent; I guess it's safer that way!
We had some rain today--not much, but some is definitely better than none.
Prema, thanks for the well wishes. Maintaining during the holidays was not all that bad. Now that I have dropped 40 lbs, it's much easier to get around, Shoveling snow was great exercise too. I even took the time to clear my daughter's and a neighbor's drive of unwanted ice. I prefer outdoor exercise over the gym.
Hi Kathy and Pat. It can only be the weather in winter that does this to people. My husband has cousins in London and they wanted us to stay with them. One family has 3 boys under the age of 10 and the other has 2 boys and a girl under the age of 15. In each family, there were at least 2 children suffering from sniffles and stuff and it's really hard in the winter to entertain kids with anything else other than IPADs and TV for as long as they are stuck at home. I hope everyone in your family gets better soon, Kathy.
Pat, on a different note, please accept my heartiest congratulations for showing the holiday period a thing or two. You are at 100 despite all the merry-making and I am really proud of you. You go girl!
Prema, good to have you back. I'm glad you had a good trip. There's nothing like traveling to another place to make you grateful for what you have--goes for weather too.
My brother's wife,though out of the hospital, did not get the all clear from her doctor yesterday. DB called this morning and now he's sick too. I had planned on them for a soup supper tomorrow evening--trying a new recipe. Oh well, DS2 and family will be here. DS1 works second shift, so it won't work for him.
Prema, it's true what they say, "there's not place like home". I'm happy that you enjoyed your visit with your son. I enjoy being an empty nester and hope that it stays that way. I would not like to have my kids move back into my house. I like not having to cater to their needs and being able to put myself first.
London was 9 in the day and 4 at night - there is no way i will ever leave my hot, humid country for England. Winter is a torture. I admire all of you who live through gales, hurricanes, blizzards, etc etc. It was wonderful seeing my son and he had a great party which we organised for him. Now I am back home again and hubby and I are in our empty nest, yet again.
Merry Christmas Pat - and here's to a great year of health, happiness (and some wealth!!) ahead for all of us
Evidently the Fitbit gives a weekly total for exercise on the Spark site. I got some remarks on the friend feed because it shows me with 250 minutes already. Well, I try to get in my steps but no where near 250 minutes worth.
I'm a bit confused with the Fitbit. I've tried entering my sleep, since I don't have the one that automatically tracks my sleep; however, it doesn't have any effect on the distribution of my activity--it still shows the hours and minutes as if I didn't sleep which leave me with a sufficiently high percentage of the day being sedentary. If entering the times I'm asleep doesn't affect things, what's the reason for entering it?
Kathy, hopefully the family gets settled back into their home and Stella starts feeling better. What a tough break for them. At least staying with the in-laws was tolerable. Congratulations on increasing your activity level.
Spaqueen, good advice. Also, remember to take it off before jumping in the pool. That's what I did with my first pedometer. It was free though, so I wasn't out anything. Now you have to get a new one. Boohoo.
Have a great day everyone, even though it sounds like everyone is not doing well.
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I loved my FitBit....until I flushed it. It goes down the toilet really quickly and swoosh....it is gone. Learn from me and use your safety harness! Or just don't flush the toilet as your are readjusting your clothes!