Thursday, May 24, 2012

Funny Forms

One of my daughters was going to the chiropractor with me today, and since she is a new patient, she had to fill out the required new patient form. She was puzzled by some of the questions they asked, and so was I. Here is the (overly) sarcastic conversation we had while she was filling it out:

Me: You have to answer all the questions on this form about your health history.

Her: Uhhh....Mom? It is asking me, if in my entire life, I have ever had diarrhea. Really? Ever? Hasn't everyone, at one time or another in their life, had diarrhea?

Me: (laughing hysterically) I'm sure they have!

Her: (said with a Valley Girl accent) Liiiiiike, that one time...... I ate too much watermelon........does that count?

Me: (still laughing hysterically) I'm not sure, but I don't think that counts.

Her: Now, they are asking me if at ANY time in my ENTIRE life has my arm or hand been numb. It did get numb that one time I hit the ball too hard with the bat in softball.

Me: Yes, I imagine it did! I don't think that's what they meant.

Her: What about if I have ever had blurred vision? I always have blurred vision when I wake up in the morning!

Her: They also want to know if I have EVER had a chronic cough. Ever? Do they want to know about that time when I was six years old, and I was sick and coughing? What does that have to do with anything? Ever had a headache? Yes. Ever had an earache? Yes. Ever had...

Me: I think that they are just wanting to rule out serious illnesses. I'm sure that most people who fill out these forms can't really answer "no" to most of these questions!

Her: Do I have any problems with my prostate gland? I? (bats eyelashes)

Me: (can't speak I'm laughing so hard!)

And now you know what goes on in our house, behind closed doors....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Secret To Success Hodgepodge

It's been awhile since I have participated in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, but I am linking up with Joyce once again :)
 1. What's something you miss about the 1980's? If you're too young to miss the 80's how about the 90's?

I miss being able to eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. I had such a hard time gaining weight as a child. The doctor told my Mom to let me eat anything I wanted, and to even give me shakes to help me gain weight. I once had a teacher come up to me, and ask me if I was anorexic! I ate like a horse, and still couldn't gain weight. I didn't know how good I had it back then. Sigh...

2. Do you have a library card? If so, how often do you visit?
Yes, I do. I don't use it as often now that I have a Nook. I love my Nook! So many free books, and not enough time to read them all.

Of course, now that I have already bought one, or rather, been given one for my birthday, they have come out with a Nook Simple Touch that has a glow light. See? They always improve upon things AFTER I get them. I have to use a book light to see MY Nook in the dark.

3. What's the secret to success?
There are many possible answers to this, but since I have a high school daughter who is thinking towards college, I will answer it like I am talking to her. Success in a career is doing something you love, and getting paid to do it!

4. This is National Backyard Games week...what's your favorite backyard game?

We love playing Ladder Ball. It is a game that kids and adults can play together. And.... if just adults are playing.....well then, you can have some friendly competition!

5. If I dropped by today what would I find on your coffee table?
School books! Even though my kids all have desks of their own, it seems like the coffee table is where they choose to keep them.

6. Do you own a bicycle? When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Is that something you enjoy?
I own one, but I don't ride it. It needs the brakes fixed.

7. What's your favorite cheese?
Colby Jack, hands down! I have even said (jokingly) that if I ever have a son, that is what I would name him :)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
We are all looking forward to seeing my oldest daughter dance in her recital this weekend. Last weekend, I attended my little four year old niece's dance recital. She looked so adorable in her little tutu, and it made me remember how my daughter looked in hers at that age. Now, she is in high school, and only has two more years until she graduates.

Time sure does fly by....

Monday, May 21, 2012

How I'm Doing

I have now been on Weight Watchers for 2 whole weeks.

I have lost a total of 4 pounds. I wish it was more, but I'll take it.

WW tells you to expect to lose 1/2 to 2 lbs. per week,  so I am right on track.

Here are some things I have learned:

1. Frozen grapes are GOOD! I tried them years ago, and was not overly impressed. However, now that I am no longer eating ice cream, I think they are delicious, and they really hit the spot when you are craving something cold.


2. Sometimes, when you think you are hungry, you are really just thirsty. I am terrible about drinking enough during the day. I have really started focusing on drinking lots of water during the day, and I think it really does help you not to be as hungry.

3. I discovered chicken sausage. Now, while I love chicken, when I am eating sausage, I want it to taste like.....sausage. Strange, I know. So, when I tried these, and they actually tasted sort of like sausage, only better, I was very pleased. These babies are only 3 points!

Meijer has their own brand of chicken sausage that I like even better. I tried the sundried tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese, and OH MY WORD....they are amazing. Hubs liked them too, so SCORE!

4. I have started drinking Almond Milk in my cereal in the morning. It is only 2 points, versus 3, and it tastes pretty much like 2% milk. It also has more calcium in it, and who doesn't need more calcium in their diet?

5. I found gluten free buns that are pretty tasty when toasted. If you have to eat gluten free, you know how life changing this find is! A bun that actually tastes kinda sorta like an actual bun? Yes, please! They are worth 4 WW points, and with some low-fat deli meat, and lots of veggies, it makes for a healthy and satisfying lunch.

On the medical side of things, I found out that the MRI I had came back completely normal! Praise the Lord! I can't begin to tell you what a relief that is.

Next step for me was to go to the chiropractor. The chiropractor told me that I have almost no curvature in my neck, the discs in my neck are degenerating, and that my neck leans further to the right than it should. I got an adjustment, and I will go back frequently to help keep my neck in the right place.

Could this be my problem? The chiropractor seems to think so.

I guess we'll see....

Friday, May 18, 2012

MRI and My Happy Place

Today, I have written my 100th post. Yay! I was planning on doing the ever-so-popular post, "100 Things About Me". However, I am too lazy, and busy, to write that post right now. Sorry friends. Maybe some other time.

Instead, I will tell you all about my experience having an MRI on my brain this morning.

I spoke with several people about their experience having an MRI, and they were all different. My sister had one on her back not too long ago, but her hospital has an "open" MRI machine, and our hospital does not.

I talked to a girl at our church who had one done recently at our hospital, and it was on her brain. She had to have an IV, so I wondered if I would have to have one also. If you are a new reader, or have just forgotten (although, I don't see HOW that would be possible!), you can read here about my last experience with an IV when I went in for a heart cath. If you are reading it for the first time, you may want to be sure you are sitting down. Good times...

I tried not to think too much about what was going to happen, and just figured that if I did have to have an IV for the MRI, I would just deal with it then. I was not going to worry about it, because there wasn't anything I could do about it anyway!

So, Hubs took me to the hospital bright and early this morning. I was able to wear my own clothes, I just couldn't wear anything with metal in it. I signed a paper saying that I did not have any metal devices implanted in my body (one of the items listed was an eyelid spring.... OUCH!) and that I had removed all jewelry, including any body piercings. Fortunately for me, I have not jumped on the "let's pierce strange parts of my body" band-wagon, so other than my single set of earrings that I had left at home, there was nothing to remove. I also had to say whether I was claustrophobic or not.

While I do feel a little claustrophobic thinking about being inside of a small tube (who wouldn't?!) I can safely ride in an elevator, or in an airplane without freaking out, so I said that I was not claustrophobic.  I have also been inside of a tanning bed in years past, and I was okay with that, but you are able to open that if you want to, so that is not quite the same thing.

They made me lie down on this very skinny table, and place my head in a certain area. I was going to have a plastic "cage" like thing on my head, and I knew that would sort of freak me out if I saw it going on, so I asked for a cloth to cover my eyes.

They placed a wedge pillow under my knees, which helped make it more comfortable for me to lie flat on my back.

They gave me a bulb I could squeeze if I needed them for any reason. That made me feel better, knowing that if I did start to panic, I would be taken out.

They also gave me gigantic headphones so I could listen to music while the machine was going off. She assured me that I would still hear the machine, as it was VERY loud, but it would help muffle the sound a little.

I asked her if the air would be "stuffy" inside the tube, and she said that it wouldn't be, that there is a fan that blows a cool breeze over you. It also was not dark inside the tube like I thought it would be, which certainly helps make it better.

When it was time to start, I had the cloth over my eyes so I couldn't see as I was being slid into the tube. I could feel the sides of my arms hitting the tube, and she told me that they might. It was rather tight in there. Since I was having the scan done on my brain, I only had to be in up to my waist. My legs were not inside at all.

She was right. The machine was VERY loud. She would talk to me during the scan, and tell me how long each test would be. This way, I knew exactly how long I had to be absolutely still each time. She had also told me ahead of time that the entire scan would take about a 1/2 hour, so as she told me each time, I could kind of keep track of how long I had been in there.

The noises sounded like loud beeps and jack hammers going off. The beeps were kind of similar to a child's annoying, noisy toy that you couldn't shut off. The last test shook me around a bit, and was the loudest, but the shortest of them all.

During the time I was in there, I did start to feel just a little panicky, thinking about how I was inside a tube, and I couldn't sit up. I went to my "happy place" and prayed, and concentrated on listening to the soft music, and I was able to make it through.

Just so you know, my happy place is as follows: I am at the beach, sitting on a rock, and I am watching the ocean. The waves are crashing against the rocks, and I can hear seagulls in the distance. The sun is shining on me, and the sky is incredibly blue. There are palm trees in my happy place, so it's like a combination of Florida and Maine, which are my two favorite places. Feel free to use my happy place if you want to the next time you need one. I promise I won't mind :)

It really was just a 1/2 hour like she said, and I did not have to have an IV. Much better than I thought it would be!

Hubs had to wait in the waiting room, as he couldn't come back with me. As I entered the waiting room, he said, "Are you done already?" He had gotten into a game on his phone, and wasn't quite ready to leave yet. Ha!

Now, the waiting begins to get my test results.

Can I just stay in my happy place until then?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Bought A Zoo

Since Hubs was away on business....again....the girls and I decided to have a GNI: girls night in. My youngest came up with that one.

Yesterday was so extremely busy, running here, there, and everywhere, that by the time we got to actually watch the movie, it was after 10 p.m. On a school night.

I happen to know that their teacher can be rather lenient with school start times, as long as the students promise to get all their work done before they go to bed. Usually, we follow a pretty strict schedule, but there are times when we deviate from the plan. Reason #137 on the list of why we love homeschooling.

We decided to watch, "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. It is a movie based on a true story, about a single father who buys a struggling zoo, in order to give his family a fresh start.

My oldest daughter said she hoped it wasn't cheesy. Some of those types of movies are. Of course, it DID have Matt Damon in it, so even if it was boring, it would still be worth watching, in my opinion! Those mesmerizing blue eyes...

Where was I...

Oh, yes! We absolutely loved this movie! It wasn't "draggy" at all, and was funny, and yet sweet at the same time. It was sad at times, and had all of us girls wiping our eyes a bit. The perfect combination in a movie!

The only problem was there was a bit of swearing in it, which was totally unnecessary. Why must they include foul language in a movie that is geared towards kids? I just don't get it. It would have been even better if I didn't have to wonder what "word" would be featured next! My youngest daughter, who is ever so observant, even pointed this out. I thought it really was a bit much for a movie rated PG. It did, however, lead to a conversation about how I had better NEVER hear any of those words come out of her little mouth. So, I guess you could say it was a teaching moment.

I highly recommend this movie! I actually would not mind watching it again, which is not something I say very often. Usually once is plenty, and sometimes, I can't even bear to finish the movie at all.

For example, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer". We turned that one off half-way through. Even my nine year old thought it was too lame to waste any more of our precious time watching it.

Some of my favorite quotes from "We Bought A Zoo":

Benjamin: Hey Rosie, am I doing anything right?
Rosie: You're handsomer than the other dads. Lots of them don't have hair. So that's good.
Benjamin: You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.
Duncan: I like the animals, but I love the humans.
Well said, Duncan.
Well said...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Becoming A Joiner

This past weekend, I did something I thought I would never do.

I joined Weight Watchers.

I have finally decided to get some outside help with my battle to lose weight. I have been able to lose a little bit of weight on my own, with watching what I eat and walking, but I want to do better. I want to lose weight, but I also just want to be healthier.

Hubs has tried to help me, but I'll let you in on a little secret.

I don't want his help.

There, I said it.

This is kind of frustrating for him, as he is a fixer, and sincerely wants to help me when I complain how I want/need to lose weight.

He is the one person that I do NOT want to help me lose weight. Why is that? my case, when he tries to help me, it just feels (to me) like he is being critical, even though he assures me he's not.  To me, your husband should be the one person in your life who loves you unconditionally, regardless of what you weigh. Can I get an amen?

I need someone to help keep me accountable who I am not that close to.

And, that is why I decided to join.

I have watched Jennifer Hudson sing the praises of Weight Watchers on commercials, and was mildly interested. It did not make me want to join though. After all, she is a celebrity. She has personal trainers and a chef that will make her any food that her little heart desires.

I did not even think about attending a meeting until I was talking with a friend, and asked her what she was doing to lose weight. She mentioned that she was doing Weight Watchers, and that she has lost over 30 lbs. This is a fellow busy mom, with a hectic schedule, just like me. No personal trainer. No chef at her beck and call. 

She told me that another one of our friends was doing it also. She explained that I could attend a meeting for free, just to see if it would be something I thought would work for me. So, I went.

Now, these meetings are on Saturday morning, at 8:30. I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. I am also not really a joiner, and I hate meetings. Ha!

I knew that unless this meeting was good, I would not want to sacrifice my sleep to attend in the future.

So, I went to my first meeting this past Saturday morning. The room was packed out! There were ladies of all ages, and all sizes. Although Weight Watchers is also a program for men, I did not see any men in attendance.

Here's a tip: If you are a single man, and you are looking for a woman, forget the club scene. Just join Weight Watchers ;)

At the beginning of the meeting, if you are a member, you start out by weighing in. I had always thought that they had a scale in the front of the room, and each person took turns stepping on it, and announcing to the room how much weight they had lost or gained, like on "Biggest Loser". It is nothing like that!

They do have a scale, but it is not in the front of the room. It is in the back, and only one person actually sees what you weigh. There is even a line that members have to stand behind, just to be sure that your weigh in is personal. Your weight is recorded in a little booklet, and it is not announced. What a relief!

Then, the actual meeting begins. At this particular meeting, the leader shared tips for eating out at a restaurant. She was very interesting, and I wasn't bored in the least. She talked about different scenarios, and what you could do to make the best choices while dining out. You were encouraged to share if you wanted to, but you certainly weren't forced. You didn't have to introduce yourself, and tell your "story" ( name is Amiee, and I love chocolate!) You could be as involved, or not involved, as you wanted to be.

After attending that meeting, and hearing about how others were being successful in their weight loss journey, I decided to join.

I have been doing it for several days, and while it IS hard, it is definitely easier than doing it alone. Each food is assigned a "point" value, and only points are added up, not calories. I tried counting calories, and it was just too difficult. With their new PointsPlus program, all fruit, and most veggies, are "0" points, which means you can eat as many of them as you want! That way, you will never be overly hungry.

My problem is I am not such a lover of most vegetables, and I rarely choose fruit if given other options. That is something I need to work on, and Weight Watchers can help.

With my membership, I can go to meetings, but I also have computer access to the members only site. I can use eTools on my computer, and on my smartphone, to quickly track all the points that I am eating. If the food I am looking for is not on their extensive list, I can just push in some simple information, and it will calculate the points for me. If you don't have a smartphone, you can buy one of their special calculators, which will do the same thing for you. It's very easy.

It is amazing to me how many points are in many of the foods that I eat! They started me out with 31 points, which seems like a lot, but when you start figuring out how many points things are that you are eating, you quickly realize you need to make smarter choices about what you are putting in your mouth.

For breakfast, I usually eat homemade granola with milk. I don't normally measure anything, just pour some in the bowl, and eat. Now, I realize that I can have a 1/2 cup, with 1 cup of 2% milk, and I am already up to 9 points. Wow. Coffee with cream and sugar substitute is one more point. So, just for breakfast, I have used up 10 of my daily points!

If I used fat-free milk, it would be 2 points instead of 3, but for now, it is just not worth it to me to switch. I like the way 2% milk tastes. I'm thinking of adding just a little bit of water to it every day, until I get used to the taste of more watered down milk. We'll see.

You are given an additional 49 points a week, to use for treats/special occasions. By exercising, you also "earn" more points that you can exchange for food. It all depends on how quickly you want to lose weight what choices you make. You can use those extra points for food, but you need to be aware that you will lose weight slower than someone who is not using them.

Could I do this on my own, and save the $42.95 a month fee? Sure. Have I been successful doing this on my own? No. To me, it is worth the money to give it a try. I am not locked in to a certain time frame. If I decide that this is just not working for me, I can get out at any time. I did not have to sign a contract agreeing to commit for a year. Just one month.

Every week, I will try to update you on my progress, and share some helpful tips that I have learned along the way.

For now, I am reminding myself that slow progress is STILL progress.

And that apples are my new best friends...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Our Story... Part 3

Y'all, it has been SO long since I have updated my blog, that Blogger has now changed their format. It took me a while to figure out how to even write a new post!

Technology....I have a love/hate relationship with you.

I did already write Part 3 a few weeks ago, but Blogger was having some bloggy issues. So....when I saved my work, and refreshed the page (because it was being weird) it totally erased all of my hard work, that I had spent over an hour writing!

Because of that, I am so over telling this whole story, but I realize that I have left all of you hanging, so I must finish it. Although, as one astute reader pointed out, since Hubs and I have been married now for 18 blessed years, you DO know the end of the story. Ha!

So, I am going to give you Part 3: The nutshell version. You know, like when there is a long story, but people say, "in a nutshell". Not sure where that saying came from. Must....Google....

Let's see....we left off our story where I had told Hubs those three fateful words that can never be taken back once spoken, and he said....nothing.

He still decided to come and visit me and my family over Christmas Break.

I can't remember all of the details now, but he did end up telling me why he didn't say "I love you" back.

He told me that the reason why he didn't say anything is because he had promised himself that he would not say "I love you" to someone unless he TRULY meant it. In the past, he had said this to girls, and he didn't really mean it. What can I say, he was a ladies man.

Maybe that is why God decided to give him all girls :)

He did end up telling me he loved me eventually, and we started a long-distance relationship. We really got to know each other through letters. We would write each other several times a week. We didn't have Skype back then, or email. Neither of us even owned a computer! I sometimes wonder how our relationship would have been different if we had.

Long distance calls were expensive, so we tried to limit our calls to once a week. We didn't have unlimited calling, so our bills were pretty expensive. I think we kept the phone company in business!

He would come up and visit me every so often. One time in particular stands out, as he surprised me by showing up at my work, when I didn't even know he was coming! Best surprise ever.

My family loved him, but better than that, my Dad loved him. Let me tell you, that was a minor miracle, because my Dad always had a problem with every guy I ever dated.

After six months, Hubs decided to move to where I lived. In order to move, he had to give away his beloved dog, Obie. Obie was a Rottweiler, and most landlords do not take kindly to renting to people who have Rottweilers. If I ever doubt that he loves me, I just remember that he gave up his dog for me! Aww ♥

He found a job, and long story short, we ended up eventually getting married.

And we lived happily ever after...