Second cataract done, but…..

I am so pleased that it is now Monday afternoon.  This morning I was awake at 4.30 a.m. waiting for the alarm to go off.  Len had cataract surgery at 6.45.  He didn’t feel good going into it, having a mini heart attack just beforehand.  The nitro took the pain away, as he gets these often.  However, we didn’t want to cancel, as he had already started taking the drops.

I completed his paperwork, and an employee held his arm, and walked him into the surgical area.  There was another really nice couple in the waiting room, and the lady and I went off to breakfast together.  She didn’t want to wait for 5 hours on her own, and I was happy to take her.  We only went to Dunkin, as she didn’t like Starbucks, but it was great for both of us having company.

It was less than an hour after getting back, when I got the phone call, to collect my husband from the other door.

Last time I went in, and helped him with his orange juice, and sugar free cookies.  It was great.  He came out, with a lady helping him to walk, and I literally put him in the vehicle.  He was sweating, and looked like he was having a sugar low.  He told me that they gave him V8, and a sweet pastry that he wouldn’t eat, or drink.  So he had, had nothing by mouth, and they hadn’t told me.

I pulled up in Wendy’s parking lot, and left him in the vehicle, and went in and got him a drink, and something to eat.  I made sure he had some of both before driving home.  He has been stumbling around, and just not good.  So different from the first time, when I sat with him, and he ate, and drank before we left.

He is now sleeping, and I am so pleased.  Surgeries cost a fortune, and patients should be taken care of from start, to finish.  I feel that they really let him down this time.

Zumba, flipping tires, and boxing today.

I so love being retired.  I get to go to the gym every day, and change up my routine.  Today I had a 10 a.m. Zumba class, dropped my husband back home, and then back to the gym.

Infinity is the only gym close to me that has a boxing room.  I will be pleased when they take out some old equipment stored in there, so that we can get to the speed bag, without climbing over stuff.

Anyway, I enjoyed my boxing routine, and then went into a huge back room they have.  Here are the 3 sizes of tires that you can work with.  After about a month, I am now on the medium size one, and keep eyeing up the large one.  At 110 lbs., I can’t imagine ever being able to move that colossal one.

I still have some pain from my core workout on Thursday, but only the tops of my legs.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get up, and not feel that my legs won’t work.

Have a fun day, including a workout, if possible.

Boxing turned into an ab workout yesterday.

My trainer was busy yesterday afternoon, so he planned an abs workout with a fellow trainer.  This guy was a third of my age, and said that I would be doing the same routine, as he had just completed.

I laid on the mat, and crossed one leg over the other one, and did crunches, then the other leg.  From here he held my foot, that was at a 90 degree angle, and I lifted the other one.  Then changed sides.  The killer was the Russian twists, with a fairly heavy ball, and feet in the air.  Finally he placed three hand weights in front of me, and I had to have my feet up, and go between the weights.  The final one was my feet going over them.

First time was easy, second time more difficult, and the 3rd time a killer.  He said that my abdomen would feel it today.  No, it was the crease at the tops of my legs, and groin area.  I struggled to get up this morning.

Oh, I forgot to say before the workout yesterday, I had been at the gym for 1 hr. 45 minutes, with a Zumba class included in that.  Also last night we had gone dancing, and I did around an hour and a hour.

I walk with my girlfriend on a Friday morning, so we went to the Nature Park, and I walked it with her 3 times.  Came home, and hubby wanted to go to the gym, so have been back doing upper body.  Tonight?  Dancing, of course.

70 is a number.  I don’t think I will ever slow down.

Thrive into fitness.

My boxing trainer, Ryan, has had so much energy lately that I asked him what he was doing differently.  He said that even though some days he works from 5.30 a.m. to 9.30 at night, he can get through his strenuous routine, now that he using Thrive.

Well I wanted to know more about it, so he showed me a short video, and then I got a 3 day sample pack for $15.  There were 6 capsules, 3 packs of Vanilla Shake mix, and 3 Derma Fusion Technology patches.

All very simple, take 1-2 Thrive Capsules in the morning on an empty stomach, wait 20 – 40 minutes and mix milk, or water with the Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix.  Then apply the patch to the bicep, shoulder, forearm, or top part of the hip.  This is to be replaced the following morning.

So I went ahead and did all of the above.  I am on the go all the time, so as far as more energy, it’s hard for me to tell.  I never stop.  It is supposed to stop food cravings, enabling you to loose weight.  I am sure that this would help in the long term.  You get quality vitamins, and minerals that your body needs, so you don’t have to take a multi-vitamin.

Personally I think $5 a day is very reasonable, when you are saving on your vitamins, and you have it for breakfast.

I am the fittest 70 year old I know, so probably I am not the one to be writing about this, but I truly think that there are many people out there, that could really be helped with this product.

I am not selling it, my trainer can certainly sell it to you, and if it works, you can also be a distributor of it.  Here is his Facebook website:

The webpage for this product:  There is a video you can watch about the product, and many testimonials.

Please feel free to contact me, or Ryan, if this interests you.  I did not receive this for free, or receive

any incentive for writing about it.

Fit Jab. The best weight lifting gloves I own.

I love the FIT JAB Weight Lifting Gym Gloves with wrist wraps. I have a titanium plate, steel rod, and 7 screws in my right wrist. With the really long wrist wraps I can now use these gloves when lifting, instead of wrapping my wrist.

From the Amazon webpage:

‘PERFECT FIT AND HIGH QUALITY: Fit Jab gym workout gloves made of high quality Palm Amara leather with the most comfortable knitted 4 way 100% cotton and Velcro closure,

lightweight material perfect for Men and Women.
EXTRA SUPPORT: Integrated Wrist Wraps to stabilize wrist joints for support when lifting weights ,definitely give you extra maximum support and results
DESIGN: Anti-Slip corrugated technology for a better grip, fingerless workout gloves are produced from fabric that is breathable, so less perspiration accumulates ,double security on gripping surface for better grip and prevent the slippage and injuries.’\
They give me enough support, and so much better than other gloves I have with shorter wrist wraps.
They are made of palm amara leather, cotton, and Velcro to secure them. They have a great grip too.  They truly work for me

I did receive mine at a discount, and wanted to let you know how great they are.

My husband had the first cataract surgery today.

After having 2 appointments for measuring the lenses for his eyes, today he had the left cataract removed, and the lens inserted.  I thought it may be frantic getting ready with all that we had to do, but everything ran smoothly.

We got there at 9 a.m., and he was taken in at 9.15.  I was told that it would be at least 2 hours, the original quoted time was 4 – 6 hours, from start to finish.

I went to a local gym and did boxing for around 45 minutes, and then came back to the waiting room.  There were several nice people to talk to.  I even recommended a restaurant for 2 people waiting on a friend, as they lived 45 minutes from the surgical center.

My husband was in post op at 12.15, and I brought the vehicle around to the other entrance.  He was eating sugar free cookies, and drinking orange juice.  An employee gave me a package with instructions, and an eye patch for bedtime.  He put on his glasses that they give you after surgery, and I drove us home.

He now has to go back Monday afternoon to ensure all is well.  Monday we both have doctor’s appointments in the morning, and Tuesday he has the electro-cardiologist, so a busy time.

In 3 weeks time he has the right eye done.

The photo is not with the prescription sunglasses.

Blitzu Power + Compression Knee Brace for Joint Pain, Meniscus Tear, ACL, MCL and Arthritis Relief, Improve Circulation Support for Running, Gym Workout, Recovery Best Sleeves Patella Stabilizer Pad

I will not take pain medication for my right knee, even though I can’t twist it anymore, so always use a knee brace.  I like thinner ones, so was happy to receive the Blitzu Power + Compression Knee Brace.  

It is for meniscus tear, ACL, MCL relief, and much more.  I have had a tea in the meniscus, and need to protect it.  These knee braces/sleeves are much thinner that many I have.  I really like that as I not only wear them at the gym, and don’t care what they look like, but also under trousers when I go dancing.

These fit nice and tight, and all you feel is a firmness, protecting the knee.  They stay in place, as they have a grip on the inside, near the top.  I like the black, with the gray logo, and side stripes

The price is certainly right, at $9.99 for the pair.  Many come in single packaging.

A little from the Amazon webpage:

‘PROFESSIONAL HIGH GRADE QUALITY – Made of POWER+ Premium Performance Fabric. It’s ultra durable, breathable, washable, antibacterial, moisture wicking, UPF50+ and 100% Permanent UV / Sun protection. The Blitzu® POWER + superior grade circular knit structure delivers 360 degree stretch for greater flexibility, unsurpassed power and durability ‘

I did receive mine at a discounted price, but feel that they are worth the Amazon Prime price.


Deals on Amazon!

I belong to a few Facebook groups where they put links to deals on Amazon.  I often check them out, as the prices are pretty amazing.

This past week I bought the Nut Cravings California Raw Walnuts – 100% All Natural Shelled Halves and Pieces – SAMPLER SIZE, which is 8 ounces, for only $2.

Then I got the Casa Aromatherapy Sweet Orange 100% Pure Therapeutic Essential Oil 10ml/0.33oz, and also the Casa Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Oil for only $1.50 each.

Both the essential oils are still available, but the Nut Cravings one isn’t available right now.  You may wish to check it often to see when it comes back into stock.

I love these little items, as they are so inexpensive, and it gives me a chance to try them, before spending a lot of money.  I have more coming, so will do another one of these, when I have received a few more.

Ketone Strips Keto Test (150 ct) for Ketone Urine Testing. Ketosis Test Strips for Keto Diet, Paleo, Ketogenic, Atkins, Low Carb, and Diabetic Diet

In the past my trainer has given me a strip to test my urine, after I have been boxing, and feeling light headed.  This could be due to Ketosis or low sugar.  I saw the Med Lab Diagnostics Ketone Strips, and figured I would give some to my trainer, as he gets through so many.

They are so simple to use, literally pee on one, and then check the color with the chart on the bottle, or leaflet that comes with them.  That’s it.

If you are on a Keto, or one of the many other diets it will show how well you are doing on your diet.  I personally wouldn’t use them with a diabetic diet, as my husband tests his sugar readings 4 times a day with his meter.  This is a more accurate way for someone that has been diabetic for 44 years.

Mine worked great, and my trainer used them with his clients.  He said that they worked as well, as the ones he pays around $15 for, and only gets 50 test strips.  These are only $8.99 for 150 strips.  He told me that he will be switching over to these, as he has Amazon Prime too.

Paying over the top?  Check these out at the link below. I also found a $1 off coupon right next to the price, so even better at $7.99

I did receive mine at a discounted price, and as you can see by my review, would have willingly paid full price for them.


Aprilis 20% Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vit E, Organic Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum, Dark Circle, Fine Line & Sun Damage Corrector, Restore & Boost Collagen.

I am a true believer that you need to take care of your skin, as the sun, wind, etc., will dry it out.  That is why I received the Aprilis 20% Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.

The 1 ounce bottle comes with a dropper, and is in a dark brown bottle to protect the product.  I like that it isn’t too runny, and that you can get a single drop at a time.  This doesn’t always happen with beauty products.

I am 70 so have lines/wrinkles, and dark spots.  My skin is really soft, and hydrated, as I do take care of it.  I am using this product in the mornings, after cleansing my face, and using a toner.  It is easy to apply, and then I dab it, so that my skin absorbs it.  Once it is dry I use an anti-aging moisturizer.

I have ladies coming up to me, in the gym, and saying that my face looks full of moisture.  I suggest that they do a similar regime.

A little about the product from the Amazon page:                                                           ‘Benefits

1. Improves your skin by making it firmer and more youthful.
2. Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkles.
3. Fades dark spots and brightens your skin.
4. Makes your sunscreen more effective and boosts your skin’s defense against UV exposure.

Magnesium L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate, Deionized Water, Ferulic Acid, Carnosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Barbados Aloe Juice, Butylene Glycol, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vitamin E Acetate, Algae Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Caffeine Extract Cyclosystem Complex, Ceramides, Hydroxyacetophenone.’

I like that added bonus of it to help me against sun damage, considering I live in Florida, but I still need to use sunscreen too.

I will update this review at a later date, when I can determine how it is working for me.

I did receive the Vitamin C Serum at a discounted price, and have been honest with you.