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Does becoming a grandma make me a senior?

I think it all has to do with attitude and boy to I have one! A good one that is. I received this via email today. Not sure if it had to do with the announcement I was becoming a grandma, but it makes me wonder!

I do like to text and Twitter, so you may need this list to decipher my messages now that I’m going to be a grandma!

Texting Codes for Seniors

ATD – At the Doctor ‘ s

BFF – Best Friends Funeral

BTW – Bring the Wheelchair

BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM – Covered by Medicare

CUATSC – See You at the Senior Center

DWI – Driving While Incontinent

FWBB – Friend with Beta Blockers

FWIW – Forgot Where I Was

FYI – Found Your Insulin

GGPBL – Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA – Got Heartburn Again

HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement

IMHO – Is My Hearing-Aid On?

LMDO – Laughing My Dentures Out

LOL – Living on Lipitor

LWO – Lawrence Welk ‘ s On

OMMR – On My Massage Recliner

OMSG – Oh My! Sorry, Gas

ROFL…CGU – Rolling on the Floor Laughing…Can ‘ t get Up!

TTYL – Talk to You Louder

WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?

WTFA – Wet the Furniture Again

WTP – Where ‘ s the Prunes

WWNO – Walker Wheels Need Oil

Hope these help!

GGLKI – Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!

Would you ride a Monocycle?

Kerry McLean is one very talented man! I’d sure like to give this a try! Closed course for sure!

What does AARP stand for?

Bet this isn’t what you were thinking!

Time to start on that biker body?

Here in Minnesota I can tell spring is coming because the sun sets a little later every day. I leave work at 5 p.m. and last week it was pitch black walking out to the car. This week has brought a surprising change, it is not quite that dark! I know, it’s the little things in life …

This got me thinking about riding my motorcycle. Which lead to getting back into exercising and eating right. And then, I found a copy of this diet. A friend received this from a doctor several years ago. The first time I looked it over I thought she was kidding. Believe it or not neither she nor her doctor meant this as a joke.

Dr. McGillicutty’s Diet

No sweets

No snacks

No seconds

Smaller helpings

Smaller bites

Chew more

Eat slowly

Drink a glass of water 1/2 hour prior to a meal to stretch the stomach, which lowers the appetite when you are ready to sit down to eat.

NO EXCUSES!

Watch out for the word, BUT, it usually means an excuse is coming.

Weigh yourself daily and record it.

Continue to weigh yourself even when you get to your “ideal” weight to keep from regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose.

You should be able to lose at least one pound per week on this diet.

Personally, I have not tried this diet! My friend lost over 60 pounds quite a while ago. She has kept the weight off by continuing to follow this diet!

Bon Appetit!

Disclaimer: Try at your own risk. Wisdom would dictate that if you need to lose weight seek doctor’s advice before starting any diet and/or exercise program.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost everyone I know has had a family member or friend fight the battle of breast cancer. My cousin at 29 yrs. old had a radical mastectomy on both sides and eventually lost the battle. My mother-in-law back in the late sixties had the same surgery and lived into her eighties. When I was in college I had a breast cancer scare. Thankfully what the doctor found was not cancer.

Men, don’t think this doesn’t happen to you! There are several resources out there for you too! (Here’s one.) Live aware! You guys are important to us gals!

Ladies and gentlemen early detection and screening is important – don’t neglect yourself!

Give a FREE mammogram whenever you can at The Hunger Site tab for Breast Cancer!

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Dream big, work it out from there!

How easy is it to get you to give up on your dream? What if someone disses your dream, do you give up? Maybe it’s a lack of experience, education, or money, do you give up or give an excuse? I just watched The World’s Fastest Indian and have a whole new respect for moving forward until your dream comes true. This movie is worth taking the time to watch.

Bert Munro is an unlikely champion. This guy is a bit old to be racing motorcycles and his bike is ill equipped to be racing in the salt flats of Utah but he had a dream. The closer Munro gets to his goal of racing the Indian the more it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. Munro’s passion gave him focus to overcome the obstacles he faced from getting financing, to traveling to the United States, to finally racing. Obstacles were not road blocks or excuses for him, only undiscovered answers!

There is so much more in this movie, but I think it is best for you to discover that for yourself. I want to encourage you to never give up on your dreams no matter how far out there they seem! Bert Munro was in his mid-to late sixties when he raced the first time. He still holds a land speed record for under 1000cc motorcycles. Never give up; never give excuses. Dream big, work it out from there!

One Shameless Plug for Good Nutrition

You do not need to look far to hear someone talking about their health, especially if their health is suffering. A few years ago that was the case in my house. Hubby came home from the doctor with high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (translate that to joint pain, continuously). Needless to say this was a wake-up call that turned into a loud alarm when he started taking methotrexate for the rheumatoid arthritis. I won’t go into it, but the side affects of that drug were so awful he had to stop taking it.

What this did was push us into looking for a better way to combat the health issues. Diet and exercise topped the list. We have several exercise DVD programs so it was just a matter of using them.  The diet part wasn’t that bad either because we both know what makes for a healthy meal or snack so we bought the good stuff! What we did next has changed hubby’s health. Through a lot of research and trying different things we found a nutritional product that brought with it some phenomenal results*. It is amazing what the human body will do with the right nutrition.

When hubs went back for his annual health exam the report was: cholesterol dropped over 50 points and now in the normal range; blood pressure normal; rheumatoid arthritis pain under control through natural supplements. I’m not claiming a miracle cure, but what we’ve found is a product that has actually changed our health. I have family and friends who are also experiencing results that have benefited their health too*.

I invite you to try it too. The company offers a 30 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee. If you want to know more about the products go here. We are brand partners and do benefit from any purchases. We would take the product whether or not there were financial benefits. Here’s to your good health!

*Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary. You may not experience the same results.

A Tribute to my Mom

Mom and her daughters

This past week my mother died. Her health was in a steady decline since the beginning of this year and recently the doctors moved her into hospice care.

It is hard to sum up my mom’s life because she was an incredible woman. My mom was a giver. I always thought my parents had a lot of money so they gave, but that wasn’t the case. Three years ago my dad died unexpectedly, one of my sisters began to help my mom with her finances. What a shocker to find out there wasn’t a lot there. That’s when I realized my parents had money because they gave! They never feared not having enough they always gave freely, no strings attached.

The most recent example of my mom’s giving heart happened when she was in ICU. I went to visit her and when I arrived she was incubated (tubes for breathing and feeding) and in a drug induced coma. The doctor decided to bring her out of the coma by reducing the meds. During this process they tied her hands down in case she tried to remove the tubes as she regains consciousness. After a few days they untied her once she understood it would be harmful to pull out the tubes.

Mom was sleepy, but fully aware of what was going on. She motioned for something to write with. Her first word, “pray.” Her second request, “bagels, cream cheese, and fruit” for the nursing staff in ICU!! Yep, that’s my mom, always thinking of others.

In the last few years my mom and I have taken a few trips together. Our first big adventure was to Norway to visit relatives. I think it was my mom’s way of saying good-bye and setting up new relationships between me and them. The second trip we took was a 1500 mile drive (one-way) to Virginia to visit my daughter and son-in-law. We drove because of mom’s health issues along with needing to take ten large tanks of oxygen with us!

That road trip was an incredible time getting to know my mom. We spent hours talking about her life. I learned things I never knew about my parents. One story she told was about when my dad was hospitalized with tuberculosis, I was in third grade. He had just changed jobs and was without health insurance. The local hospital wanted him out as soon as possible. Thankfully he was a veteran and was transferred to the local vet hospital. With no income my mom was left with two young daughters and a mortgage.

Family quickly stepped up to help financially, her parents came to live with us so she could go to work, and for me life went on. My dad was hospitalized for close to a year before being released. Surgery took half a lung and two ribs, but he recovered. When he came home they both decided to always help anyone in need no matter what or how they got there! I can tell you that they did that for the rest of their lives.

She also shared a story about me that I never knew. My third grade teacher didn’t seem to like me too much and tried to tell my parents I was “retarded.” My mom fought hard and long with this teacher to keep her from putting me in special ed! Later in high school when my counselor told me I wasn’t smart enough to go to college, my mom told me not to believe her and go do it. Thankfully I listened to my mom … at least this time! Growing up I never remember hearing my mom tell me or anyone else they weren’t good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough; she always was the cheerleader.

The last trip we took together was this past October to visit my sister in Texas. It was another long drive, but this time my other sister came along to help. My mom had a lot of difficulty on this trip, but in her stubborn Norwegian way would not give up! I think she wanted to see her three daughters together one last time. Mom got her wish.

I saw my mom for the last time in February at an acute care hospital. She was lucid at times, but fading in and out. The last conversation I had with mom is when she awoke and asked if my dad was still sleeping. I reminded her that dad had been gone for a few years. She looked puzzled and closed her eyes falling asleep once again. The next time she opened her eyes I moved in close to her and whispered, “Mom, if you don’t want to fight any more just ask Jesus to take you home, He will. I love you mom.” She turned her head and looked at me, nodded and went to sleep.

These words hardly do my mom justice, but I offer them to you. My mom was a woman who taught me so much by the life she lived as well as the words she spoke. My family has lost a great woman, and so has the world.

What is she thinking?

What would you think of your wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, or coworker who suddenly as a fifty-something baby-boomer decided she wants a motorcycle? Thankfully my husband was okay with the idea and has been supportive of me as I’ve taken the first few steps!

Most think it is a midlife crisis! I’m not having a crisis, I’m having fun! The kids are raised and out of the house. I now have some free time that had been given to keeping a household of four going. I don’t have the same responsibilities as when I was younger. It’s just time to do it!

Getting a motorcycle is my next big goal. This is mine; what is yours? Just cause we are growing older doesn’t mean we have to get old. Whether you’re in my age group or thirty years younger what is your dream? What steps are you taking? I’m always working on something and trying to figure out how to get it done! Join me. Share your dream with me. I’m pulling for you!

This is me sitting on a used Harley 1200 Sportster dreaming of the day I’m on the open road!