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Saturday, February 09, 2013

So this morning I got up and weighed and I lost a pound! emoticon emoticon I hope it stays lost. Then I heard hubby leaving the house and I knew where he was going. Sure enough, he comes in with a bag of doughnuts. We have a new doughnut store here and they are scrumptious and he brings 2 of my favorite iced coconut yeast doughnuts. I succumbed and ate one but I will go out and exercise today and walk it off. ANd I know that I will choose wisely for the rest of the day and make up for it. I did enjoy every bite even though I knew I was eating about a half cup of mushy sugar. And no fiber.

Its a beautiful sunshiny emoticon Floida day. HOpe I accomplish something good.

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CYND59 2/10/2013 8:40PM

    I almost went to Krispy Kreme today when I saw the Hot Now sign lit up but I changed my mind at the last minute! I really wanted one but I knew that I probably could not stop with just one. Those things tend to melt in your mouth. LOL!

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COOPQUILTLADY 2/9/2013 11:38PM

    I think it's ok to indulge once in a while. It's when it's a HABIT that it's bad. emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 2/9/2013 10:14AM

    I checked this site and found that doughnut has 260 calores and one gram of fiber. Only 34 more fiber grams for the day to go! So if I leave the other doughnut in the bag or take it to my mother in law, it won't be so bad to have eaten it.

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KASEYCOFF 2/9/2013 10:10AM

    Dunno what happened with the blog--?

Anyhow, what I wrote was: congrats on the loss - and I envy you the doughnut. Couldn't tell you the last time I had one, and I love the darned things--!
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ELLIE381 2/9/2013 9:59AM

    Ohhhhhhhhh so good! emoticon

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ART0507 2/9/2013 9:42AM

    Doughnuts,cakes and pies are my down fall. I wish I could stay away from them. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Yesterday I was supposed to go and see a client but when I woke up, it was pouring down rain and so we rescheduled to next week. And so I just stayed home and ventured into the sewing room, working on nonsense things. Found a log cabin I had worked on and I finished a couple of blocks. I've been stripping, cutting 1 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inch strips for future projects.

A friend and I have committed to motivate each other to finishe UFO's and projects each month. So far, last month I finished a quilt top that has been sitting here for months waiting for the last border to go on. Now I can take it to the long armer. My project/ufo for this month is to clean my sewing room. HOnestly, it is a fire hazard and I want to get my fire extinguisher charged up and kept in that room for emergencies.

I also want to finish my Bee in my Bonnet rows. I have 3 rows that are waiting on me, leaves, stars and mittens. Somehow, the mittens don't have much interest for me here in Florida but I do remember mittens.

As for the gym, I got a call from my "new" personal trainer to set up an appmt to see him. So I will stop by the gym after my appmt this morning. The biggest loser competition has been sidelined due to me being sick and the mother in law episodes. Just could not get motivated to go at all. And didn't feel iike it.

However, I have decided to at least watch what I eat and so last night, I bought a roast chicken from Winn Dixie for me and one fried chicken breast for my husband instead of a box of fried chicken which I would have devoured. So the delicious roast chicken, steamed green beans and corn on the cob were my dinner and it was great. Also, I bought a bag of pretzel sticks and they were my snack last night. ANd I had an apple. This morning it appeared that the scale was leaning left of my last weigh in so maybe I'm making progress in that area. I bought the book, EAT TO LOSE, EAT TO WIN by Rachel Beller of Biggest Loser fame. She talks about making sure to eat 35 grams of fiber daily. So I am concentrating on that. Fiber fills you up. I even went out for a 10 min walk with the dog before dinner last night. He loved it. emoticon

So yesterday was for me and it will continue for the next 3 days. By Monday maybe I'll be reconnected to life.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/9/2013 11:34AM

    I bet you can do with a few more of those days just to yourself! I am in the least three days if a staycation where I found myself devoted to the garden, I feel like I have my mojo back.
As for fibre, my eating plan has me having psyllium husks & ascorbic acid for breakfast, looking forward to being able to switch to Metamucil, I can tell you!

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CYND59 2/8/2013 8:56PM

    I have been wanting to make a quilt for years. Maybe I can start one soon!

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STITCHINGNAN 2/8/2013 12:52PM

    I like the commitment both to eating healthily and finishing UFOs. I have several of my own . I will only your idea I think of finishing or reaching a set point on one each month. emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/8/2013 11:28AM

    Those days off are so important to rejuvenate you.

Great job at getting the roast chicken!

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EBURGITE 2/8/2013 10:36AM

    sounds great!

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SWEETNEEY 2/8/2013 9:48AM

    A day off is very important cos like work, you need a vacation. Last week I didn't exercise at all. I was just tired and mentally spent. So this week when I went out I appreciated it, felt invigorating and felt like I ran faster (nothing to substantiate this but my feelings and that is what is important, your perception).
Downtime is Good

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LADYBUG1943 2/8/2013 9:38AM

    I took a day off yesterday too, though I wasn't constructive enough to sew. This morning I have all kinds of energy and motivation. Sometimes it's good to have what I call thumb-sucking days, where you just hunker in and do whatever you feel like doing. I've actually polished my kitchen cabinets today already (just a few.... if I thought I was going to do the whole kitchen I wouldn't have started).

Here's to listening to your body AND your heart!

Glad things are getting better for you.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Yesterday was quite a day. I was all dressed ready to leave for the gym when my phone rang. It was the nurse saying that my MIL was unresponsive and her blood sugar was over 200. Dropped everything and hubby and I quickly got dressed to go there. We thought surely this was it but when we got to the nursing home, she was up, dressed and in her wheelchair waiting to go to breakfast. What??? Guess this is going to be our life for a while. She has lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks. She has lost interest in eating so they are taking her to the dining room to encourage her to eat rather than letting her eat in her room.

My nephew went to see her on Monday and she didn't know him. My son and granddaughter went yesterday and they acknowledged that she was loopy, rambling in her words, mumbling. This is maybe the last time they will see her.

My husband is now sick and last night we went to a Jimmy Buffet concert in Pensacola, Fl. It was fabulous but by the time we left, before the last song, his head was splitting. As we walked out, we heard Margaritaville through the building and into the parking lot so we didn't miss anything. Today my 3 year old grandosn is coming as he is sick as well. So our day is rearranged again.

I got a call from my new personal trainer at around 5:00. My previous trainer took another job so now I have to start over. Maybe he will be better and help me get restarted as The Biggest Loser is a Slow one right now. There are only 8 weeks left and I'm still hovering at 5 lbs lost. Just can't seem to get motivated due to being sick and MIL. And now hubby being sick.

My clients are clammering to see me. I have to go out this morning and rearrange one due to grandson's coming over but I'll manage. Yesterday, when I thought MIL was passing, I just cried warm tears. I think I need that release. Something. Thanks for listening. I know you are out there and I appreciate the encouragement. Thanks. emoticon

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ANDI571 2/6/2013 3:08PM

    It's so hard. They call us the sandwich generation for a reason. Just make sure you take care of yourself, it is so important. We forget our bodies need rest and relaxation also. It's been 7 1/2 years since my dad passed away, and I still cringe when the phone rings. Just know others are there to listen. It helps to vent.

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LKWQUILTER 2/6/2013 1:17PM

    Carol, I won't lie and say it gets easier cause it doesn't but just take one day at a time. Cry those tears, it does help relieve some of the stress. We went through this last year with daddy until I finally told everyone I would be "wherever" if things were ok, if I was absent, just know another "something" going on at the nursing home. Praying for all of you. (((HUGS)))

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COOPQUILTLADY 2/6/2013 12:53PM

    Hope you're all feeling better soon. Hang in there!! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/6/2013 12:02PM

    If she's starting to lapse into a diabetic coma (or at least, that's how it sounds) it makes me wonder what they're feeding her, and whether letting her decline food (especially if she doesn't feel like eating) wouldn't be a better thing to do. Shame about the fogginess she's developing, but perhaps it's to be expected.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/6/2013 10:28AM

    It does seem like things are piling up emotionally. But this is a season and will soon pass. Praying that all will soon be feeling better. Hang in there. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 2/6/2013 9:10AM

    Your situation is such an emotional roller coaster, my goodness. But it is good that she's a fighter! Hope your dh gets better soon. I've got this crud now, too. Thought I'd escape it, but no such luck. Hang in there!

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LADYBUG1943 2/6/2013 8:49AM

    Sounds like you're still going over bumps in the road. This is "flu" year for sure.... every where! Hope everyone's health returns to them. Remember this program is 10 minutes of exercise a day. Be kind to yourself; you've dealt with a lot of catastrophic events lately.



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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Well, the whole month of January seemed like a bust to me. I was sick for almost 3 weeks and finally feel like I'm recovering and have a bit of energy. On January 16, we brought my MIL home to live with us, we thought. When she saw us that Monday, back from Disneyworld, her whole face lit up with a smile. She was so happy to see us and strongly walked out of the building, saying goodbye to everyone. The next day she started coughing and we found out that we were not suited for the continuous care she was needing. At her regular doctor appmt on 23 Jan, they sent her to the hospital and then sent her back to the nursing home where she will stay until the end, whenever that is.

She isn't doing well, not eating. She did say when she went back there that she knew that was where she needed to be. We just left her and the nurse said she did not eat any breakfast and was going to take her to the dining room for her lunch to make sure she eats something. Both my husband and I feel the end is near and I pray that the Lord takes her quietly in her sleep. Just some night, dont' wake up. She still coughs quite a bit but she is definitely failing. She has had a very good life and I"ve been grateful to have such a wonderful mother-in-law. We have had our differences but I always loved her. Hey, I had differences with my own mother who died when I was 30 and she was 60. So young to have died then.

So it is just a matter of time. My biggest loser contest has gone by the wayside in January but I am definitely going to try and regroup in Feb and at least lose 10 lbs more. I was hoping for 30 eventually. The competition has been a bust for sure. My friend and I are disillusioned about it but I will press on and make an effort. Later.

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JUST2OFUS 2/4/2013 6:48PM

All things are in God's time, not ours. That is the hardest part. I will pray for your ML for her comfort and his love.
You will get back on track; you had a lot happen in a short period of time; cut yourself a break~!
We are here for you, anytime.

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EBURGITE 2/4/2013 11:22AM

    what a challenging few months you've had. may God wrap you in His loving arms, and speak healing words emoticon softly into your heart.

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CYND59 2/3/2013 9:26PM

    I will be praying that she goes easy and that the Lord will help your family through it.

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LKWQUILTER 2/3/2013 12:44PM

    Carol, prayers going out for both of you. (((HUGS)))

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DIBANANA 2/3/2013 11:54AM

  This must be a difficult time for you.

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BRASKIN 2/3/2013 11:48AM

  sometimes you just have to deal with life..... wishing you peace.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

So I'm in this Biggest Loser Competiton and been sick for almost 2 weeks, gone for a week and totally frustrated. I had to skip my personal trainer on Tuesday due to coughing my head off so today I'm feeling some better and decide to go to the gym to the boot camp. Dreaded the thought but forced myself to go.
I walk in and there is an old guy at the desk who doesn't know anything about where it is going to be and what time or should I have paid in advance. I see another biggest loser member wearing her t-shirt so I sit next to her on the bike. She is frustrated as well and more overweight than I am.
There is no visible clock in front of the bikes and so I just keep rolling along. I have to turn my head to see the clock and discover it is almost 11:00 and the bootcamp was supposed to start at 10:45. So I get up and look in the exercise room but those folks in there are too skinny to be in this competition. So I ask and someone says it is out back. Out back? What does that mean, where out back?
I run into Heather who is the nutrition coach and ask her. I tell her how frustrated I am and she says that most people go up and down in weight. Then she tells me to go out back. How do I get there? I finally walk around the buiding and there are about 25 people jumping up and down and sideways in the parking lot. Another woman comes by and says she is late as well and invites me in. I watch for a min and I am totally uncomfortable and embarrassed so I just turn and leave and go home.

So why do old fat women avoid gyms

1. Old fat men don't seem to care about them and certainly not interested in helping them.
2. When you go to a crowded gym, unless you have a personal trainer, you are helpless as to know what to do.
3. I might be old and fat but I am also a strong woman who likes to be in control. I am nowhere near being in control of myself at the gym.
4. I thought I was on a team. There is no team organization, no team leader, and I haven't been contacted by anyone. When you are on a team, aren't there supposed to be other people?
5. I've pretty much decided if its to be its up to me. I am going to go to my personal trainer on Tuesdays, tell her what I think and then I am going to go to the YMCA on the other days.

First I have to get over being sick.

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LADYBUG1943 2/6/2013 8:38AM

    I paid $19 monthly for a fitness place in our town (this was years ago) and paid for two years till my contract ran out. I went to exercise exactly 3 times, and had much the same experience as you.

Then I went to our city parks recreational gym, took a small class with a 'Weight Watcher friend, and ended up exercising 3 times a week with my friend and the trainer. We were in our 30's, 40's and 50"s (guess who was the oldest?), but became really good friends.

I don't know where you are now in your fitness search, but don't give up. It definitely helps to have people you know and like to work out with. I should add here that the younger two were tall, lithe and pretty fit. I used to tell them I stayed in the "class" to make them look good (after the first class was over, we just continued to exercise together). I was short and rounder - the "O" in LOL!" My WW friend actually met her goal weight and later took over as instructor one of the classes our trainer had to drop.

Glad your in-law problems are better; I'll check later your later posts to see how you're doing now.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/3/2013 9:48AM

    Doesn't sound like a great experience. But don't give up on the gym. I used to hate it but once I learned how to use the machines and the right technique for my exercises, I became an independent exerciser. It is great to go somewhere where all the equipment is set up for you. It's good to have different machines so you can mix up your cardio. And once you know what to do, you don't need a trainer, you can work out your own programme with the help of Sparkpeople.

Like you I would be flagging a programme that had been gong for three weeks, I wouldn,t feel like I could catch up. But maybe you will be feeling more robust next time the bootcamp starts. Of course there is always Sparkpeople,s bootcamp!

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SILENTDAISY 1/31/2013 10:38AM

    I'm so sorry that didn't work out. That's horrible customer service and that gym should know better. Especially with a situation as sensitive as weight-loss. You should definitely file a complaint/give the owner a review. I'm really upset about this.

Gyms are really more suited for people that already have a solid exercise regimen in place. Most of the time it's more equipment than social interaction. If you have the knowledge already at hand, it's easier to pick and choose what you need to use.

I would recommend the same thing many other posters have--try taking a fitness class such as Zumba, yoga, or spin class. The great thing about many of these classes is that you don't have to be fit and you don't have to keep up.

I go to a fit club in town that uses the Beach Body fitness programs (P90x, Insanity, etc.). These are extremely tough programs and many of the members are fit, but many are not too. So I don't feel bad when I get worn out and need to sit on the floor for a second to regain my strength. It's okay to not be as good as the others, that comes with time.

Just remember, you need to do the best that you can for yourself. Not the best that others can do. Challenge yourself against yourself and once you do that, you can take on a challenge against others.

Maybe it's time the Emerald Coast Team got together for our own workouts. Because if anyone can understand what you're going through, it's your fellow sparkers.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/28/2013 12:21PM

    Carol - I am so sorry about your frustrating experience! Did you have to pay to be in the competition? I would contact the gym manager and express your frustrations or look for another gym that is more friendly.

I love the gym where I am at. The greeters are great and helpful. The clocks are very visible. There are a variety of people working out there and most are friendly.

I am glad you have a personal trainer.

Praying you feel better soon.

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TOWHEE 1/26/2013 10:42PM

    Carol, how frustrating. It's too bad that you missed the first two weeks, but it sounds like it wouldn't have made much difference. The "greeter" certainly wasn't doing his job and his supervisor wasn't doing his/her job. You should have been directed "out back" upon your arrival with detailed instructions about how to get there (take the door to the left, go down the corridor past the garbage can, turn right and you'll see some doors, go through them). Unless you are a team of one (in which case why are they calling it teams?) then someone should have contacted you to make sure you are still planning to participate. I remember how excited you were about this program and it's too bad that it has left a sour taste. I'd give it one more time and if it still doesn't rise to your expectations, then I'd say "adios" and go to the "Y" (after telling the gym manager about your experience and expectations).


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CELLOPLAYER1 1/26/2013 9:25PM

    Don't give up on working out at the gym. The idea of a work out body sounds good, may be your trainer could set you up with one of thier other clients with similar fitness levels and goals.

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MAHGRET 1/26/2013 7:07PM

    Ugh that is so frustrating.

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CELIAMINER 1/26/2013 5:29PM

    Good for you! I have a long-term trainer, and I plan to keep seeing her as long as I can afford it.

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LKWQUILTER 1/26/2013 3:05PM

    That is why I go to an exercise class. I wish you luck with whatever you decide to do. ((HUGS)) Get better soon.

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EBURGITE 1/26/2013 2:34PM

    gyms do seem to be made for the young/strong/thin, don't they? emoticon you'll find your way.
any chance of an exercise pal?

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KASEYCOFF 1/26/2013 2:05PM

    That's exactly the kind of thing that worries me about going to the gym - the physical therapist is setting me up with a schedule, and they will be my "personal trainer" for sessions throughout the year. But in between their sessions - then what? I'm planning to try to find out when it's the least busy, and just do whatever they set me up with, so I can see how it goes. But at this point, unless they have something for "over 60s" or "senior sessions" or something, I don't plan on doing any group things.
p.s. You'd think they could do some kind of challenge specifically for 50+ or seniors or something...?

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JUST2OFUS 1/26/2013 1:41PM

I just made a homemade cough syrup. It isn't bad and it did help some.

2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 Cup almost boiling water
Steep for 10 mins. and then strain.
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Place in fridge until cool
Take 1 tablespoon as needed.

Store in fridge for 1 week.

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