Sunday, February 23, 2014

A new Sunday treat!

Those of you who know me for a long time, know that Sundays I've saved up WAP's so I can have a DQ sundae.  I've done this for a long time... like years.  But lately they apparently are putting some additives in the soft serve that, according to the 'net' are supposed to make it melt slower - whatever they've been putting in it, it and my guts do not get along so after two weeks of er... repercussions the next day - you can imagine without my going into detail, I decided to quit DQ "cold turkey" as it were.  So my hubby had what sounded like a doable idea - why not get some fat free ice cream and fudge and cool whip free and make our own.  At first the idea didn't really appeal to me but I do love cool whip free so after he broke the ice (pun intended) .. sorry... grin... I carefully measured 1/2 cup of the fat free ice cream (2 pp's) and 2 tablespoons of cool whip - they say 0 but I counted 1 pp.  Well, to my surprise, it tasted a whole lot better than the DQ has been tasting - I think all the chemicals in the DQ are beginning to affect the taste but also, instead of the 8 pp's I spend on a DQ every Sunday, this only cost me 3 PP's!  Yay.  Thanks to hubby and yes, maybe to DQ because frankly the homemade concoction tasted a whole lot better and for less Points Plus .... win win in my book.  Hope everyone had a great week!  (The photo is hubby eating a DQ in the old days before additive chemicals!) :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Adventures in Injury

Sometimes I forget I'm in my 70th year.  After a particularly busy week and lots of exercise - sometimes 2 sessions a day - well hubby is trying to get his bicycle legs back and the weather has been gorgeous for biking.  OK, I admit it - I totally love bicycling and sometimes don't know when to stop!  So last Saturday like the 8th of Feb, I just did 40 minutes or so, half on the healthrider and half on the gazelle freestyle.  Then got off and sat down for a minute to rest and remembered I forgot to stretch so decided to just do the floor stretches, went to get down on the floor and felt this horrible pain in my left knee... I needed help to get to a chair because couldn't put any weight on it.  At first I thought it was just a bad cramp but it just didn't go away.  Found out (when I consulted the medical provider) that it was a strained ligament.  Very painful and suddenly the short walk to the bathroom and things like sitting down to toilet etc became complex.  I don't think I've ever been that disabled and it was an education in itself.  Slowly it got better - could put a bit of weight on it then walk with a walker etc.  It's still sore as I write this on Feb 17th (almost Feb 18) but I did take my first steps yesterday.  Luckily we do have a scooter and it really came in handy and there are things I will never take for granted again - even walking.  I realize I need to start limiting my workouts to 30 minutes or so - no one wants to admit they are aging but let's face it, I AM aging.  Well, the happy news is I AM better and I am walking again, albeit on a limited basis and I was really glad to have the scooter available!  Hope your week went well! XOXO