Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer.. let the good times roll!!

The friendliest guy you will ever meet...

I planted these impatience May 1st..they are still weeping...
can't wait until they leap!

Front door reminder...

A few from the side yard....

I love summer!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Saved By Grace" Jadon Lavik

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith
—and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God
— not by works,
so that no one can boast.

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Little Heaven Here On Earth....

This is Wilson's Garden Center in Frankfort Kentucky
Unbeknownst to me, Dick was snapping shots yesterday while I shopped and dreamed...
looking for drama in my garden....and this is the place to find it.
A husband and wife team were the owners for a long time.
Then several years ago he was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
Without skipping a beat she made the decision to carry on...
he would have wanted her to.
Since then the green houses have flourished
Wilson's is better than ever....God's hand is evident there.

Lost in heaven.....
Don't worry
 Be happy!

My sweet Leah Maree...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thank Goodness for 0 Calories....

This tea helps when I need spicy......good bye coke zero
This tea helps when I want to relax and look at something's gorgeous!
Sis told me about Sobe....the Fugi Apple Pear is my favorite...yum!

Not to replace drinking good ole plain water...

These are very flavorful drinks and 0 calories!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Three Berry Spinach Salad....

Dick and I have this salad at least twice a week if not more..
Great with grilled chicken if you'd like.
For each salad I add:
2 cups fresh organic baby spinach
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1/8 cup crumbled feta or goat's cheese
1/8 cup pecans or slivered toasted almonds
or grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the assembled salad
Ken's Lite Raspberry Pecan Vinaigrette
or any dressing you like.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I've been fighting....

When my doctor told me my blood test revealed I had little or no vitamin D left in my system and then I saw the ex-ray of my back with the start of osteoporosis in it....I was really alarmed.

Why oh why had I taken this all for granted? Was it too late for me? Was I going to turn into my little old haunched over grandmother? Oh dear, what a sinking feeling I had sitting there in my doctor's office staring at the pamphlet on Osteoporosis that had been handed to me. I decided right then and there in that examining room that I was going to fight with every ounce of my being to stop the advance of this do whatever it takes!

Gi-Gi, my doctor got me started on 50,000 units of vitamin D a week for 10 pill, that's it. It's been over ten weeks now since starting the vitamin D treatment and I feel so much better plus a patch of psoriasis on my elbow has all but cleared up.

I started with a trainer at the gym and told her to push me are some things I'm been doing.

  • Added more protein to my diet
  • Added more calcium rich foods
  • Stopped the negative talk about myself ( I'm good enough!)
  • Continued weight bearing exercises like walking
  • Using circuit training ( it really works!!..I'll talk more about this later)
  • Strengthening my "core" with weight bearing, free exercise and Pilate's
  • Pushing my 57 year old self farther than I ever thought possible!
I use the triple threat shown below during my circuit training.... I started out with the big ball and now I'm using a 8lb medicine ball which makes it a little harder. Do this exercise and you WILL see results! I promise!

When my trainer Jill first had me do the plank (in the picture at the top) I was used to doing them from Pilate's...we held them oh ... 10 seconds or biggy. Jill told me to hold it 30 seconds..."seriously??", I screeched, not believing what I just heard her say. After Jill started having me hold them 60 seconds, I googled it, I KNEW this had to be abuse...but no....2 minutes was the average hold. Never should have told her that one! ;-) Now I'm up to a minute and a half!

Bottom line...
I'm hanging in there doing everything I can do
to be the best I can be.

It's a good fight to be in!

No regrets!

Note: My daughter posted some really cute pictures
of the girls on her blog check it out!