I thought I posted two days ago, but the post disappeared!
Here goes again.
Holly, I'm glad the procedure went well.
Good for you for getting exercise. That is a challenge for me right now.
Joan, congratulations on your apple watch purchase! Thanks for the reminder about healthy salmon choices.
This new WW plan seems to be working for me. I've lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks. I don't expect it to stay at that rate of loss. Having some zero point proteins really works for me. I can have some soy yogurt with veggies, etc, or even fish if hungry, and that makes it pretty easy to get through most days. I was afraid I would over eat in the zero point category but that doesn't seem to be happening.
Jojo, I had a good exercise habit throughout most of my life, but it's been challenging of late. The weather definitely has an impact as I'm a walker more than anything.
Hi Sue! So good to hear from you and know all is fine and that you had a great trip! Hearing such dire news about Capetown and the lack of water. Knew you had to be psyched about the Super Bowl. Did you get to actually watch it. DH showed me replays of the super play the Eagles did—watched that part about six times trying to keep my eye on the ball.
Having issues with my back ever since hula class—am thinking it’s not my thing if this is the result—using my tens unit a lot—-decided no walking today—-just now I sat down after cutting out some quilting squares for a baby quilt and it started spasms—-have not felt any thing like that in years—-not since my back surgery. So I am lying down with another tens unit session and took a pill for muscle spasms. Will probably make me sleepy but I have to get a grip on this! So fearful of messing up my workout routine!
Joan, take it easy! Sadly on this trip we've met many seniors who can't get around easily. SO had an accident, more later, but he's on antibiotics, there's some swelling and he's probably going to have to see his Dr when we get home. Just have to be extra careful, now that we are getting older and our bodies no longer heal as easily, we just have to go easy
We have had such a great time, SO is looking into another longer cruise in Oct. We've talked to a lot of people who've gone on other cruiselines, and despite complaints on all of them (they're all very picky), for the most part they like the one we've been going on.
Cape Town is beautiful, another day of sightseeing then on Wed we fly home.
I went for a massage yesterday at 11 am—OMG, so much relief—was careful all day and then after dinner while standing up from a seated position a spasm started again—-used the tens unit and moist heat the rest of the evening and stretched my legs before falling asleep plus advil—woke up much better—-hot shower and now sitting for a bit of coffee and moist heat on my lats. My muscles on the right side are just in a total tizzy—all full of lactic acid—the gardening session where I stood and forward bended for about an hour and a half cutting and pulling weeds (too lazy to go get my kneeling pad) she said was overkill for all these muscles and of course being right handed I was overworking those muscles with all the pulling and what not—-then hula was the topper. And I am sure she is right as I had this soreness in my back before and during hula—in fact wondered if my kidney was having an issue so it’s all my fault—just cannot ignore this old body!
Skipping gym till Thursday—will sew on the baby quilt today and nurse the back and tomorrow will be with DH for his cataract surgery. That will be about 3 hours—will have to set an alarm to get up and walk around outside a bit as I cannot sit for long or I will get worse.
Making two baby quilts out of scraps from other projects—and one will be out of DH’s old jeans with jean pockets on the jeans side—all are cut out and just need to sew and put them together—luckily I had flannel that matched from another quilt I’d made about four or five years ago—pretty browns and the modern light blues—my gym teacher’s son is having a boy—this will be a grandma gift for babysitting at her house. Not sure about the jeans one—waiting to hear if cruise BF’s son is having a boy or not—I wrote a poem to go with a jeans pocket quilt that is perfect for a boy baby gift—we will see, but it will be ready for the next baby boy I have to have a gift for if not.
Feels like I’m journaling on here lately. Everyone must be busy—or leaving?
So psyched—DGD17 and DD are in NYC—long story about getting there—but today she auditioned for NYU and did really well—she said her best yet—went all the way and got to perform her solo so she was really happy. Unfortunately it costs $79,000 a year—how does anyone pay that—the only way she can possibly even think about attending there would be a big scholarship—even DH and I cannot swing helping with that! Tomorrow she auditions at SUNY—much cheaper—about $30,000+ a year—that is where her parents and I would like to see her go if she were to go to NY at all. Or Alvin Ailey—have not heard from them yet—but that would be super pricey also—$50,000–if she got a partial scholarship she could probably do it with our help. She would be doing the academics at Fordham then—which is where she was this past summer.
My back is improved enough that I did my dance and weights classes today—wow, after six days away from the gym, I could really tell I was working.
We are going up to our favorite shopping center near here to watch the Chinese NYear’s parade—should be fun. Then we will get some dinner and play some cards back here—BFs are going too.
DH not feeling too confident about his eye—it is clear now but he says he cannot read without his glasses—not supposed to be that way—he has an appt. in a week and only then will we really know what the actual result is—I can tell he is disappointed and concerned but am trying to just not engage in it so that I don’t reinforce his concerns.
I finished the baby quilt and then decided to make my gym teacher’s first grandchild—a four year old girl==a little matching quilt for her baby doll and a silkie to match. Made two silkies for the new grandson coming also. Can hardly wait to give them to her which I will do on Monday cause she and I always chat inbetween her two classes that day—they turned out so pretty. Flannel rag quilts are so soft for babies.
I'm back! Got home Thurs afternoon and have been busy unpacking, laundry, going through 6 weeks worth of mail, etc.
We had an amazing time and am going to decide soon whether to go on another cruise in Oct or Nov. for an even longer period of time.
Joan, thanks for holding down the fort! Congrats on DGD getting into NYU,wow that is expensive,more than Ivy League. Really ridiculous the cost of higher ed what is a silky? Hope all will be ok with DH cataract, both my mom and SO recovered fairly quickly after the procedure. Glad your back is better.
So scattered here, since my refrig was cleared of food, did some cleanining today, plus some organizing. Getting my car inspected next week - 1 month late, oops!
We had some fun/interesting tours - more later. SO's accident came when he was getting off the tender onto the ship and the water was so rough and he was careless and his leg slipped between the gap between the two boats. UGH! Really scary. He had some scratches and bruises and somehow got an infection which the dr gave him antibiotics for. He might have to go to his dr here at home soon if it doesn't get better.
Superbowl night, I went to the card room, there were 9 of us and stayed up until 5am. SO was in bed of course, he can't stay up late like that. I could have watched in my room, but thought that being around others would keep in awake.
We met so many people this time, even exchanged emails with a bunch of them. Alot of them are frequent cruise goers, mostly on the same cruise line so there is a great chance of running into them again.
Nice to be home, but honestly we could have very happily stayed on board longer. Didn't exercise the last day on the ship, but went to the gym today and did 6miles. Gained about 4 lbs but that is ok considering how much food/drink intake during this trip.
Holly, thank you. I hope you didn't get too much of a cold or thing.
Sue, hi, nice to "meet" you. What was your cruise line?
Joan, I'm sorry about your back. I hope that is healing. Wow, how sweet to make a quilt. Wow for school prices. How was the Chinese New Year Parade?
I had such a busy week. The new ww is still working for me. It works way better than when I last joined in 2011 for points plus. With all the free protein I can eat more and I'm rarely hungry. Since there is more "free stuff" daily points are really reduced (23 daily and 21 weekly). I believe I read they are the same value as before. I had a pointy day a couple of days ago, and not that much exercise, but have been more attentive since, and went jogging today for the 1st time in months. My not young Asian doctor (medical doctor) acupuncturist said I need more exercise (I do) and suggested jogging, which he does. He must be in his 60s. I like it because it's quick, low tech, and gets me outside. I was slow as molasses and it was challenging to stick with it for 25 minutes but I made it. I fell asleep shortly afterwards. I wanted to get some work done today, but I've been lazing.
The weather is crazy here, snowed last night and it will be in the 70s by Tues.
There was a huge 4 alarm fire last night a few blocks from my house, 160 people had to evacuate their units, no one hurt so that is good.
Holly, hope you're feeling better by now.
Joan, how is DH's eye?
Lisa, it sounds like you are doing great with the new WW program! Good job on starting to run for your exercise.
The cruise line is Seabourn, and we absolutely love it.
Speaking of which, SO put a deposit on another one for this Oct - 56 days from LA going west, stopping in Hawaii, Fiji, a bunch of places and ending in Sydney!!!! We have until May to cancel without repercussion.
OMG, Sue, how do we manage 56 days without you??? Wow that’s a long one—-lots of sea time. But great stops it sounds like.
DD and DGD17 got back from NYC, thank goodness—was so worried about weather moving in on them. It snowed there on Saturday but luckily not enough to clog up anything.
Lisa, so glad you are doing great on the program. I got back on my tracking carefully yesterday and managed not to overdo on anything—ate high protein lower carb day and wow, felt so much better today. I love those carbs but honestly the higher % protein day makes me feel better. I cannot go with carbs tho—would never survive going totally radical low carb. I did about a 40% day.
We were without the internet for 3 days—finally got the service people out today and they replaced some card in their equipment that had failed and so am back! Had only my cell phone access so didn’t do much.
Hey it’s been quite a while since hearing from JoAnne—I hope she is okay! I’ve not seen her on FB at all either. Hope she didn’t find something serious going on with her pain from the rib area.
My back was quite a lot better but we went to Black Panther on Saturday and sitting for the 2.5 hours was really bad for me—got some really bad lower back pain—and it continued on Sunday. Had my follow up massage this afternoon and feel so much better. Something is really tightening up my hamstrings and messing with my knees—pain on both sides of them—just no idea what is the cause—anyway, I will take another Epsom salts bath tomorrow and use some heat and advil again tonight—hope the good feeling I have right now continues.
I started my next book—Beneath a Scarlett Sky—it’s so stressful but good—it is about a 17 year old boy in Italy during WWII-=-true story—historical fiction but based on his story directly shared with the author over several years.
Hope to watch some ice skating at Olympics tonight. The Canadian couple in ice dance are so good—but the top five or six are all really good . Need to catch up on the men’s figure skating tonight as well.
Sue, thanks for the cruise line name. Wow! 56 days!
Joan, I'm not super low carb either. I still have fruit and lots of veggies like squash etc. But bread, rice, etc, (not to mention sweets) are quite appealing, but are not really my friend weight or energy-wise (unless I'm doing something very high energy like backpacking.) I found out one can turn a smartphone into a hotspot for computer. I was watching some old figure skating online this weekend on youtube. It's interesting and sometimes beautiful. Seeing changes over the years in interesting too.
Went for a 25 min run on Saturday, a 25 minute alternating run and walk on Sunday and a mini run (15 minutes) today- I have to work and it's too hard to get in much more, at the moment, on some work days.
Kept on track yesterday. Made plenty of cooked veggies to take to work today, which I don't always do. Yay!