Thursday, April 20, 2017

Checking in With A Loss



I am happy to report that my 9 day journey with the Ketogenic way of eating has enabled me to lose 14.2 lbs. Diligence and perseverance have allowed me to learn this new way of eating.  My calorie intake has greatly decreased but by adapting the keto way of eating, I have not been hungry. There is still a long way to go in this journey to reduce my weight, but I am still taking it one day at a time.  Each day, I get out and walk at least two miles in the morning. This is more for keeping my knees more flexible, but the cardio is a plus.  If you are on My Fitness Pal, feel free to friend request me.

How is the weekly list going?

1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. Nothing done yet. 
2. Menu for week, keto meals. I still am winging it.  I need to do better. 
3. Sign us up at the gym.
4. Dentist on Wednesday.  Get meds from surgeon.
5. Back hedges.  Need a truck bed to stand on.  They are REALLY tall.  Still nothing. 
6. Investigate rewards CC's. I need to pay off my other CC first.  But it is fun to look. 
7.  Get steps in on a daily basis.
8.  Check out flights for Wisconsin family reunion in August.     Flights are darn expensive!

So, the list is not exactly going as planned.  But, that's okay.  The list keeps me aware of what I need to do.  Of course, there are other things I need to get done that are not on the list, so those things keep me busy too.

The whole financial planner thing is kinda on the back burner.  The gentleman that does our taxes has offered to look at my statements from the inherited account.  My primary reason for possibly changing financial planners is the cost.  The statements are a bit confusing to me, but I see what they are charging the account as fees and it concerns me.  Anyway, after tax season, I will meet with our tax guy and hopefully we can figure things out.

The weekend is going to be a bit busy.  My oldest is graciously volunteering his time and talents at the county animal shelter.  He  and three other guys are going to put up sail shades in the dog play yards.  Summers are freaking hot and these sail shades will give the volunteers and the dogs a break.



The guys will be putting in 6 x 6 posts in three other play yards so the shades can be attached.  The play yards are huge and the sail shades are approximately 16 x 20, that shade will be greatly appreciated when the  temps are in the high 90's!

My grandson  is playing in his final soccer games this season, which is also on Saturday.  I will be at the shelter in the early morning, meeting the guys and getting them started.  My goal, is to make the 11:00 game.  I think it will work.  The shelter is about 45 minutes from our house, so I will spend a good part of the morning on the road.  No biggie, we are so excited to get these sail shades up before the heat!

We are still working on finishing up our kitchen remodel which has included the laundry room and the dining room.  The three areas are connected, and since the kitchen turned out so pretty we had to address the not so nice laundry room and dining room.  It takes time as my husband is a bit of a perfectionist. But it is what makes him happy, so if he is happy doing the remodeling in his own way, I am happy too.

Time to call it a night.  Hope you all have a great day tomorrow.









Friday, April 14, 2017

Pain Management

Post knee replacement


It's odd that my new knees are still somewhat painful, but in a different way than before the surgery.  Sleeping is difficult. For me, when lying in one position for an extended period of time my knee joints start to stiffen up, so any movement is quite painful and will wake me up as I try to get in a more comfortable position.

Pain medication that was prescribed  during and after surgery is not something I really need, until the middle of the night when I am trying to get comfortable.  What was effective in the recent past, was NyQuil.  So, to avoid the unnecessary medications associated with that, I will be trying Zyquil this weekend.

Obesity and arthritis led to the double knee replacement.  My weight is still too much, and of course I need to do something about that.  I hate to set too many long range goals, as they tend to lead to failure.  So for now, I will be happy with a "one day at a time" mindset when it comes to weight loss.  Today, and the last three days, I have been eating Ketogenically.  Wicked Stuff has a definition of eating keto here.  My daily goal is to keep my carbs under 20 grams.   As of today, that has been attainable.  I track my carbs on MyFitnessPal which has been very helpful.

I have used MyFitnessPal in the past. It's funny, looking back to 2009 when I first logged in and thought I was fat, I was 30 pounds lighter THEN.  Well, If I was setting along term goal, that would be one of the first.  To get back to the weight when I FIRST thought I was fat.

Weekly List Update:
Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. 
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's

Eh,  Still somethings to get to on the list.  I do like posting them as it motivates and reminds  me to get things done.  

Next week: 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation.
2. Menu for week, keto meals. 
3. Sign us up at the gym.
4. Dentist on Wednesday.  Get meds from surgeon.
5. Back hedges.  Need a truck bed to stand on.  They are REALLY tall.  
6. Investigate rewards CC's.
7.  Get steps in on a daily basis.
8.  Check out flights for Wisconsin family reunion in August.  

Lunch yesterday was stir fry cabbage and shrimp. The cabbage slaw had 9grams carbs, shrimp 21g of protein.  Very filling and my carb intake yesterday was 16.4 One day at a time.  


stir fry cabbage and shrimp




Today's lunch will be egg drop soup.  I have never made it but, will be using this recipe.  Looks easy and by using chicken broth, zero carbs.  Will let you know! 

Hope your weekend is awesome.  Happy early Easter. 






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trapped a Few Cats Last Night



This morning, I am transporting 5 feral cats that our organization trapped and am taking them to the low cost spay and neuter clinic.  The colony caregiver set out the traps yesterday and successfully trapped five of her six cats that she feeds. She has one more male that we still have to trap, but 5 out of 6 is pretty good.

The clinic has a package deal with us.  They will sterilize, vaccinate, ear-tip and microchip the cats for $50 each.  Currently, our County Commissioners have funded a rebate account that will allow county residents to receive a $50 refund for each cat.  It's a great deal for the cats and the colony caregivers.

I will continue to actively  help with TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) until I go back to work, or find another job. While I have been home recuperating from the knee surgeries, I have been following up on phone calls asking for TNR help.  There are sooooo many feral cats out there and it is now kitten season.  Seriously, the calls lately have been from individuals that their feral cat just had five kittens....multiply that time about 5 calls a day.  That is a lot of cats.

Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. (started this)
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's
Still working on my weekly list. Today will be a lot of driving transporting cats to and from the clinic and back to their home.  We are meeting with the PetSmart manager and the new manager of the shelter to talk about the shelter becoming adoption partners with PetSmart.  Currently, we are adoption partners with PetSmart and it has its benefits for our organization.  With those benefits, comes a lot of work and coordinating successful adoption events. 

Hoping to get to Aldi's today to pick up a few things.  Tonight, we are having breakfast for dinner.  Eggs, grits and bacon.  One of our favorites. 

How is your day looking?  Do you have a list that keeps you organized? 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday and a Weekly List

My daily list from last Monday, took a whole week to almost complete.  



Eight things to get done today:
1.  Drop stuff off at Goodwill
2.  Stop by Aldi's and pick up produce
3.  Take a power nap
4.  Throw mothballs in attic to chase out the squirrels. ( goodness,I need to get this done) 
5.  Downloadf and print SS statement for us. 
6.  Call for appt to get taxes done. 
7.  Plan menu for the week
8.  Call Financial Planner and set up appt. 

I still have to set up appt with Financial Planner, but I need to prepare and get my stuff together before I do that.   In fact, we have been thinking about moving our account to where it was previously.  There is still a few phone calls to make and another planner to interview.  

The family went to the fair this weekend and I had my first fried Oreo.  It was pretty darn good!  Here is the Instagram of my first bite.


Remarkably, we only ate out one time last week.  (Not counting the food at the fair) Since we have finished the renovations on the kitchen, I am completely happy to stay home and cook.  With that, I am trying to use what I have on hand.  I tend to be a bit of a food collector/hoarder so it was time to use up what I have already in the pantry. 

Today was a day of cleaning and organizing the living room.  We moved furniture, vacuumed, washed the tile floor and rearrange the furniture.  One rocker and one floor light was pushed out to the road.  Lets hope that it will be picked up by someone who will use it before morning.  

Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. 
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's

The Ambien is kicking in, so that's it for tonight.   Happy Monday, at least what is left of it!.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Whittling down the List

Lordy, time just flies.  Tuesday is almost over thankfully.  I had last my physical therapy session today, which resulted in a two hour nap afterwards.  The morning was filled with a memorial service for a friend's mom.  The service was wonderful  and it was an honor to be able to go and support my friend.

Monday's List is slowly getting whittled down.

Eight things to get done today:
1.  Drop stuff off at Goodwill
2.  Stop by Aldi's and pick up produce
3.  Take a power nap
4.  Throw mothballs in attic to chase out the squirrels. ( goodness,I need to get this done) 
5.  Download and print SS statement for us. 
6.  Call for appt to get taxes done. 
7.  Plan menu for the week
8.  Call Financial Planner and set up appt. 

Appointment tomorrow morning at the accountant.  When I called to set up my appointment for taxes....he just cackled.  Nothing like last minute, Lisa!   I will stop at Donut King and pick up some donuts for him and his mom.  

Fitbit.....oh the fitbit.  I took it off Monday evening to give the grand-kids a bath, its not waterproof and I didn't want to screw it up..  And... I did not put it back on.  Back on track with that tomorrow. 

Math is not my thing,  I rely on my financial planner to make sure and to explain to me in SIMPLE terms that I can understand and that will reassure me.  And then I wonder, do I really need a financial planner..... IDK.
Of course, they will tell me I do need a financial planner.  We will see where it all ends up. 

Happy Tuesday! 




Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Stuff

Yesterday I started wearing my Fit-bit, and it did motivate me to keep moving.  While doing things around the house yesterday, I would purposely walk farther and longer to keep my steps up.  I did not max out at 10,000 steps, but  6,584 is a good start.  Sleeping on the other hand, well, that needs some work.   Since the knee replacement surgeries, good sleep has been but a distant memory.


Instead of trimming the too tall hedges yesterday, I went through my closet and let go of some clothes I will probably never wear again.  There were a lot of shirts/tops, scarves..( which I have had for at least 15 years, saving them like they were trophies or something) and shoes.  

My slacks/jeans, most of them I will keep.  They fit, a bit snug, but they fit, and I hate to buy new slacks because its so hard to find ones that fit.  Jean shorts, I did find a couple of pairs that I forgot I had. They were squished in amongst the slacks.  I had a hard time letting them go too.  Two pairs are missing the metal button that sits above the zipper.  Practically new too. They are in my dresser, I jsut have to replace the buttons or something.   I do not sew.... so really, I  don't know what to do. 


It may not seem like much from this picture, and there is so much more I can get rid of, It will just take time to go through all our stuff.  Baby steps. 

Eight things to get done today:
1.  Drop stuff off at Goodwill
2.  Stop by Aldi's and pick up produce
3.  Take a power nap
4.  Throw mothballs in attic to chase out the squirrels.
5.  Download and print SS statement for us. 
6.  Call for appt to get taxes done. 
7.  Plan menu for the week
8.  Call Financial Planner and set up appt. 

That's it for now.  What is on your agenda for Monday?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tracking Movements




I have a Fitbit Alta that I won in a raffle last year.  And that is the first and last time I used it was last May, for only about a month.  Fitbit fail.  So, I dug it out, charged it and re-synced it to my phone.  I know I am not moving as much as I should be, accountability will hopefully motivate me to get up and get going.

Research is ongoing for eating the Keto way of life.  I have such a hard time with giving up carbs.  Lets just take this one meal at a time.  Reduce the carbs and learn to replace with healthier carbs. One step at a time.

Today's  list of things to do includes trimming the back hedges.  They are no joke, probably as tall as the house. Throw some mothballs into the attic to chase the squirrels out.  Boil eggs for lunches, bake bacon for sandwiches for lunches. Figure out what is for dinner......

How is your Sunday going? Do you have a list of things to accomplish?


Friday, March 31, 2017

It Has Been Awhile, But Here is a Brief Update

Time flies when you are recovering from knee replacement for the second time.  I have had two knee replacements in the span of 4 months.  Physical therapy has been a part of my life for the last  6 months.  My therapist is the absolute best, and I hate that  my last appointment with her is this coming Tuesday.  She has helped me so much!!!

My life has been different since the knee replacements.  My appreciation for the small things has increased and I don't really stress about the little stuff as much.  My Hubs is totally awesome and has been there for me through these grueling surgeries.  I love him even more.  

Getting back to my new normal has been the goal. I do the best I can at the time and I am happy with that.  The small things in life totally make me happy, and I no longer worry so much about the stuff that use to drive crazy.

I have been thinking about undertaking a Keto diet.  I am obese and need to do better on weight loss.  I have seriously been studying the Keto diet.  Have any of you tried it?  What was your  experience with it?  I would love to hear all about it.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Instant Pot, My New Kitchen Gadget



I bought my Instant Pot about two months ago on Amazon Prime.  What is an Instant Pot, you might ask? The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute/browning pan and warming pot.  It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools.  

I can remember when I was growing up,  my mom used a traditional pressure cooker for many meals.  It was probably the noise and racket that the pressure cooker made me hesitate to use one in my own kitchen.

After reading posts on FB about the Instant Pot,  and how easy it was to use I decided to include one in my own kitchen.  So far, I have made Chicken and Dumplings ,  Chicken and Stuffing, and Goulash.

There is a bit of a learning curve for me regarding the Instant Pot, but the recipes I have used so far have been very helpful.  What I need to do is downsize the recipes a bit.  They make too much for just me and my husband.   Otherwise I am quite happy with it.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday This and That



Today's agenda includes physical therapy, and about a half dozen phone calls.  In no certain order, I need to call:

1. Tree Trimmer.  Several low lying branches need to be addressed.
2. New Primary Doctor.  It's time to change due to location.  This  new guy is highly recommended.
3.  Kitchen Design Appt.  We have a 30 year old kitchen in need of a serious upgrade.
4. Pet Groomer.  Our Papillion is in desperate need of a haircut.
5.  Dance classes for granddaughter.
6.  Eye appointment

Halloween went well for the kiddos. They love to dress up and go trick or treating.  We walked around for a block or two and they were content with that. The rest of the evening, my husband and I gave out candy at our daughter's house.

Yesterday my knee was a bit swollen from all the walking at Halloween, so I kept it iced and elevated.  Today marks eight weeks since I had my knee replacement surgery.  It has been an adventure, that's for sure.

My weekly appt with the surgeon was yesterday too.  He is keeping a close eye on the incision that has not yet closed.  Typically, he will dig around in the incision and remove debris.  Thankfully, he did not feel the need to do that yesterday and he said it was doing great.   I don't have to see him for another two weeks. That is good news!

There is a small list for necessary grocery shopping this week.  We will be using up items in the freezer, but we always need milk and bread. There are a couple of BOGO's at Publix I need to get before the ad changes.

This morning, if time permits, I am going to work on genealogy from my dad's side.  Yesterday, I did receive copies of my dad's parents marriage certificate and my dad's mom's death certificate.  There is so much more to research.

Have you researched your genealogy?  Are you using Ancestry?


Have a great day!



Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!



via 
Where we live,  we do not get Trick or Treaters.  That was a shock the first year we lived here.  At our previous home, we would get about 100 to 150 trick or treaters.Typically, my husband and I will head over to our daughter's house and go trick or treating with the grandkids.  I love seeing all the kids dressed up and enjoying themselves.



Today was another challenging day of therapy.  I am about whipped.  I had plans to bake banana cake bars, but that will wait until another day.  There is not much getting done today!



Tomorrow starts the "Great Food Fight".  Keeping track of our eating out and grocery spending should be an eye opener and it will help us to make better decisions with last minute eating out impulses.  We are guilty ( or lazy) when it comes to home prep and cooking.



Enjoy your Halloween!



This video is hilarious!  Enjoy!




Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pain is Relative

Driftless Valley in Southeastern Wisconsin

Today started with physical therapy for about an hour.  I recently ( 7 weeks ago ) had knee replacement surgery and  currently I am undergoing out patient therapy that followed 5 weeks of at home therapy.

Knee replacement surgery is no joke.  It is intense and painful.  When I went to the surgeon this June, I found out I would eventually need to have replacement on both knees.  At that point, I was unable to walk long distances, without excruciating pain.

At my age, 56, I was convinced that I was too young to have knee replacement surgery.  That is only for "old" people.  Guess what?   I AM old.  And arthritis has done a job on my knees. So, after a pity party, I decided to go ahead and get one of my knees done.

The surgeon was highly recommended, and so far I am pleased with the results.  But what do I have to compare it to?  Luckily, the pain medication is working.   The home exercises are working to increase mobility too.  The pain is the greatest when I am trying to sleep.  I wake up several times a night due to the pain, and when I try to shift around, that is when the pain really gets my attention!

There is a lack of healing at the incision.  The area is getting smaller, but it is taking for ever.  The surgeon checks it out every week to keep an eye on it.  I am hoping to avoid a surgery to clean it out.  I have been on antibiotics, and am now using a prescription antibiotic cream. I'd post pictures, but they are pretty graphic.

It been almost two months since I have seriously tracked our grocery spending/eating out.  Since the surgery, we have eaten out a lot!  My husband works full time and he really hates to cook.  He tries with simple meals,but I would like to once again keep track for at least the November and December.  If I have another knee replacement in Jan, I won't feel much like keeping track of anything.

I will again borrow the title "The Great Food Fight" and start in November.  I did this back in 2013, you can read about it here. Feel free to join along!

The rest of the day will be spent cleaning out more clutter,  Later on, the grandkids will be coming over and we will take them to a Trunk or Treat at a local church.  Should be a lot of fun!  They usually spend the night on Saturday's and I take them to church with me on Sundays.  After they leave on Sunday, you can bet I will be ready for a nap!

Have a great Saturday!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Downsizing My Clutter via Ebay

This morning, I decided to list on eBay a ceramic Christmas tree.  It is retro vintage, and truly one of a kind.  I use to be a big seller on eBay, listing, packing and shopping for more stuff on a daily basis.  It was my escape from the stress of my job at that time.  Eventually, after a lay off, I went full time on eBay.  It did well, for about a year and a half.  Then, I went to work( at a less stressful job) and I lost interest in full time selling on eBay.

Vintage Atlantic Mold Christmas Tree

Up Close of Vintage Christmas Tree

Back to this morning, I have had this ceramic Christmas tree for 5 years.  I picked it up at a church sale for a few dollars.  I thought I would use it in my own home, but it ended up sitting in my closet.

I grabbed it out of the closet, took it outside to get a few pictures and now it is listed on eBay.  I listed it high, $349.99 at auction.  This price is a bit much, but the this tree is BEAUTIFUL and it has a music box  in the base that plays O  Christmas Tree.    If you click this link, you can see the auction.   Vintage Christmas Tree

The garage door people were here today to install a new garage door opener.  The opener was purchased two months ago, but has been waiting to be installed.  My husband has been extremely busy and has not had a chance to install it.

I thought it would be a nice gesture to have it installed.  The garage door is a bit old, and some of the wheels on the track needed to be replaced too.  The door now is a lot quieter and opens and closes smoothly without worry of the chain dropping off  its sprocket.

Enjoy your day!