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Hello June

Hello June

Time is flying by!  Summer will officially be here in no time.  Our weather here has been crazy, as it has been in other parts of the country.  One day it’s in the 60’s, the next the 80’s.

 My doctor gave me a higher dose of one of my medications, changed it to extended release and after a week in a half, I feel it’s too much.  I’ve put a request in to lower the amount but haven’t heard back from him yet.  Hopefully, lowering it back down will help.  I’ve been very blah with no motivation to do anything.  I swear, it’s always something.

LeRoy is the Garden Center Manager at his Fred Meyer store.  He loves it.  He loves doing up his yard in the many flowers he sells.  The kids love helping him as you can see in the collage.  Did I ever tell you how much I love these kids? images/smilies/11Love-My-Grandkids.jpg

Speaking of the grandkids, Al and I will be seeing them today.  It’s been about a week.  We got Emily a little Frozen suitcase with wheels and a handle, for when she spends the night.  This will let Emily be able to bring some of her dollies over.  She loves playing dollies.  I think she is going to like it.

My poor Al has been fighting teeth issues on the bottom.  He has all implants on the top.  After another appointment today at 3 pm he should be done with the tooth that was hurting the most.  The dentist filled the others as that is all we could afford at this time.  Some of them need root canals and/or crowns but we have to save to get them done.

I’ve been working hard on trying to get back on track, one thing at a time.  First, I need to get off the Diet Dr. Pepper.  A few once in awhile is okay but I will drink 4-6 cans a day.  I have found if I don’t have any in the house, I will  as long as it’s iced.  I also put Crystal Light in the water sometimes.  My plan is to buy Al his Shasta Diet Cream Soda (he only drinks one with his dinner and popcorn) and not buy any Diet Dr. Pepper, which I love.  I’m hoping this plan will work.  I feel so much better when I drink water.  I didn’t drink any yesterday (ran out of them) and I did have a bad headache when I went to bed so I will have to deal with a caffeine withdrawal to some extent.  I don’t drink coffee but do have an occasional latte (Keurig).

The next think I want to work on is moving more.    Al and I are going to start walking 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  If we walk longer that will be good but we want to make sure we do the 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  We are planning to have Emily over a lot during the summer as she is a swimmer and loves the pool.  We  have one on the property.  Al is planning on teaching her to swim.  This will give us some more exercise .  When I’m ready I hope to get to the property gym which has a couple ellipticals and treadmills.  They also have a couple handball/racquetball courts that Al would love to use.  We got him some handball stuff and new tennis shoes for that.

This Journey of ours is not an easy one.  There are so many ups and downs and then life throws you a curve ball.  I believe that as long as you never give up wanting that healthy weight and lifestyle you will succeed.  The success may not be when you want it but it will come if you persevere.


Spring is Here ~ May 20, 2017

Spring is Here ~ May 20, 2017

How are all of you today?  Hope this post finds you in the best of health and having a happy Spring.  I don’t know about your weather but our weather has been rather cool for this time of year.  It actually hit 78 today and will be there for the next couple of days before going back down to 64.  Crazy weather!

I had a nice Mother’s Day with my son, LeRoy, stopping by with some beautiful flowers and heartfelt card.  Of course, a big hug went along with it.   Our Mom’s have both passed away but were in our thoughts on this day.

I’ve been busy converting more of our restaurants on DWLZ to Smart Points while keeping the Points and Points+ values.  We have 249 restaurants updated to Smart Points. 713 restaurants on site.  I have added a red heart red heart next to the restaurants that have been updated to Smart Points on the Restaurant TOC page. 

My doctor will no longer be taking my medical insurance so I’ve had to change doctors.  I hate hunting down a doctor and hoping he’s a good one.  I did pick one and had my first appointment on Friday, May 19th.  Al and I both really liked him.  He was thorough and had a great sense of humor.  I’ve been dizzy with the room spinning a lot and he said it is most likely vertigo; not fun.  My blood pressure was unusually high both times it was taken but I’m sure it’s from being nervous going to a new doctor.  The doctor wasn’t concerned.  Just in case, I didn’t eat or drink anything if blood work needed to be done.  I did end up getting my blood work done.  The doctor also said that I have sleep apnea and I agree.  He said he couldn’t see the back of my throat.  I am always tired still when I wake up in the morning.  My orthopedic surgeon who put the screws in my right ankle also stated I had sleep apnea.  The sleep test is expensive so will have to save up for it.  I’m sure I need a c-pap.  We pay cash for everything, so we wait on that test.  I have a mammogram scheduled for May 25th.  I think I’ll be happy with this doctor and he’s at a large clinic which has a lab, xray, and Urgent Care.  On top of that, it’s very close to my apartment.  Win-Win.

Between Emily and I being sick and us not having to watch the kids for a couple hours a day anymore, we haven’t had the kids here for awhile.  We are going to watch the kids on Tuesday while LeRoy and Rachel go on a date.  With them both working at Fred Meyers, they seldom get the same day off.  Emily will spend the night and LeRoy will pick up Jake after their movie and dinner.

To the left:  Jake and Odie waiting for Daddy to come home.

I was busy today doing some things that needed doing for awhile.  I have put blackout drapes in my living room and dining room to keep it cooler in here.  The sun hits those windows (big picture windows) all afternoon.  There is no A/C in those rooms but we do have A/C in Al’s study and our bedroom.  We run a fan down the hallway and get some cool air that way.

I’m so sick and tired of being overweight that I must do something about it, and soon.  I want to enjoy my grandkids.  I need to lose weight to protect my hips that were replaced in 2011.  I’m going to be more diligent about drinking all my water and making better food choices.  I also need to start tracking again to keep track of my eating.

Heading Into Warmer Weather

Heading Into Warmer Weather

Good evening everyone!  I’m up way too late but wanted to stop in and visit with you a bit.  First, I’d like to share some photos of my grandkids.  They sure have put a lot of smiles on our faces.  Emily says the funniest things.  Jake is about a year and a half so isn’t saying much yet but it won’t be long.

Al and I are going to be watching them for a 2-4 hours, 3-4 times a week.  There is some overlap when Rachel goes to work and LeRoy gets home so she’ll drop them off and LeRoy will pick them up.  We are looking forward to having the time with them.  It will be nice to see them on a more regular basis, making memories.

Tomorrow LeRoy, Rachel, Jake and I are going to the Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center.  Emily is going to have an Emily and Grandpa day.  They are really looking forward to that.  She is very close to Grandpa.  LeRoy is the Garden Center manager at Fred Meyers so he is really interested in the show.  I love these kinds of things and the exercise will be good for me.

Concerning the Message Board, I have just purchased an update to vBulletin 5 Connect (we are using v4) which says it includes chat so hopefully we will be able to bring that back soon. I”m hoping this will also fix a lot of bugs on the Message Board we acquired with the migration to the new server.

I’m really trying to hard to focus on more protein and less carbs (under 200/day).  I’m still not doing great on drinking my water, especially when there is Diet Dr. Pepper is available.  The scale has been moving in the right direction, which is a good thing.

The forecast for the next 7 days is showing us in the low 50’s during the day and above freezing at night.  Hopefully the snow will finally go away until next winter.

Time for bed. 

Until next time…


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