Healthy Living Tips
Happy September with some healthy living tips for seniors, boomers and grandkids.
Time for a healthy eating diet update. Hooray! It’s going fabulous! I have lost 38 pounds. Only 10 pounds left to go on this diet. Pretty soon I am going to break down and buy some smaller size pants. Sadly, I got rid of my old jeans that were a smaller size a couple of years ago while ruthlessly decluttering. (Yet another reason not to be too extreme with weeding out too small (or large) clothes). Happily I won’t be needing my after-surgery all-elastic waist pants any more. At least, not until I have another surgery. So I’m not planning on decluttering them ever. They’ll also be practical for winter pjs or pants for sick days! In the meantime, I’ll continue enjoying Lee’s Side Elastic Jeans…
…in a SMALLER size. Always a silver lining!
It’s also great having less weight to tote around through a busy day that starts with a two mile walk, then helping real estate clients, and my senior mom. Soon it will be time for a new project, door-to-door work with my real estate business sharing community news and updates with neighbors. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and getting my exercise at the same time – talk about a win-win! What’s your fave way to exercise as part of healthy living? Are you also a multi-tasker while you do it?
By the by. When out to dinner at Macaroni Grill with a great group of friends, we were talking diets, calories and healthy eating tips. I realized I hadn’t shared a favorite sweet treat with you! When calories don’t go over a 1400 max by the end of the day or when in need of something sweet, a favorite treat are fruit popsicles by Outshine. Fave flavors include pomegranate in the large bars (about 70-80 calories) and black cherry/strawberry kiwi/ mixed berry in the small bars (about 25 calories). No sugar or additives just real fruit / fruit juice frozen and definitely delish! A great way to enjoy a sweet treat and stay on a healthy eating diet. Delicious AND healthy living! 🙂
Grandkids and Hugs
All my grandkids are back in school now. How about yours? So far things are going fairly smoothly with a couple of bumps along the way so I’ve been doing lots of praying, phone calling, sending lots of virtual smiles and love, and even an occasional card. After all, healthy living definitely includes emotional and spiritual health! It’s definitely more challenging when your long distance grandkids are going through some struggles. You want so bad to be there and give them a big hug but you can’t. I’m grateful there are many ways to hug them virtually thanks to Instagram, Facebook, email and text messaging. All work well for us. But I’m always looking for new ideas. If you have any suggestions, do let us know in the comments or on the Facebook Page – SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation.
Words of Encouragement
Here’s this week’s Scripture picture – another virtual hug for beloved grandkids as well as a sweet encouragement for all of us as we patiently carry on with caring for our beloved seniors helping them and us with healthy aging.
Elderly Eye Healthy Living Tips
I have an important reminder – don’t forget to take your elderly parent AND yourself to the eye doctor every 1-2 years depending on your doctor’s recommendations. Even if neither of you are having any vision problems, it’s vital to check on some of the many eye diseases that are common to senior citizens including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.
On a bright note I must say how much I appreciate the reading glasses my senior mom wears. We buy inexpensive pairs from Dollar Store, Walmart, and Amazon. I love that Amazon carries larger sizes including 3 and 3.5 that she uses. In fact, they go all the way up to 11.0 (the higher the number, though, the higher the cost). She has several pairs. That way, if she can’t remember where she left them, no worries! We always have plenty more. One less stressor in our lives, that’s for sure!
Have a lovely week and enjoy healthy living during the upcoming fall fun and foliage! 🙂