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UPDATE ON THE GYM

Monday, February 11, 2013

Well, I went to the gym yestrday at the urging of a friend and was supposed to meet her at 2:00. She didn't come and when I got home, she called saying she was running late so we missed each other. I must say how much I ate going to the gym and I will be glad when this biggest loser competition is over so I don't have to feel obligated to go there and can go back to the YMCA.
When I walked in, the most un appealing man was at the front desk, by unappealing, I mean he certainly wasn't interested in my welfare or what I wanted. He just stared back with a dumb look on his face. I gave up trying to converse with him as I was trying to contact my new trainer. So I pedaled on the bike for 20 min and left. I"m not confident in using any of the machines so I didn't bother.
My new trainer is named Rick and he sounds VERY youn on the phone. I'll give him a shot and try to get through the next 8 weeks. I have lost 6.7 pounds through my own efforts, not with any help from them, that's for sure.
I've been reading the diet book on increasing fiber and going that route. really trying to read the fiber content on the packaging and more fruits and veggies. Had a peach after lunch today and it was delicious and lunch was a squash casserole which normally calls for mayonnaise and I substituted plain yogurt and it was just as tasty.
Tonight it is hamsteak, baked sweet potato, green beans and pineapple. Sweet potato has lots of fiber and better for you than a regular potato.
I bought a box of Good and Plenty candy at the store, sugar coated licorice that I liked when I was a kid and at the movie theater. I dole out ten at a time after meals and that is my dessert. Takes a while to savor each one and it satisfies my sweet tooth. Actually the more fiber in my diet has helped me to feel full longer. So That part is good. Can't wait to get rid of Gold's gym though, I hate that place.

  
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EBURGITE 2/12/2013 11:31AM

    sorry about the gym. i applaud you for persisting in the face of discouragement. hang in there, friend. you're making progress.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/12/2013 11:23AM

    Sorry you are having a bad experience at the gym. I know it can be daunting. I think the personnel and people who go make a bid difference. I love my gym. The employees are very helpful and cheerful. There is a good mix of "buff" guys and people like me that are overweight and trying to lose. If you had said 2 years ago that I would be going to a gym I would have laughed and called you crazy.

I hope your personal trainer is one that will be encouraging. It does help a lot to learn how to use the machines correctly to feel "comfortable" in using them.


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ART0507 2/11/2013 7:17PM

    I know sometimes went to my gym I ran onto people like that but I over looked them. Does your have a track you can walk? If so look for a sign that tells you how laps = a mile. Start walking a mile then 2, 5K ==2.3 miles. If you a place to walk around your house ometer to see how long it is. That sometimes is better then the gym. Hope your friend and you can meet.

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JUST2OFUS 2/11/2013 5:05PM

    don't fret, it will grow on you (the gym, NOT weight) if you just give it a chance. Change is hard and you were used to the Y.
I haven't had Good n Plenty in a long, long while. Yes, you can suck on them for a while.

You are doing good, don't try to lose too much too fast. I found then it comes back and brings company!

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LKWQUILTER 2/11/2013 3:38PM

    You are doing GREAT Carol. Now I know I am right in not joining a gym. I will stick with my exercise classes. ((HUGS))

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THE DOUGHNUT

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 Florida day. HOpe I accomplish something good.

  
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LKWQUILTER 2/10/2013 8:11PM

    Doughnuts are a no no at our home too. Congrats on the lost pound and hope you had a super walk. ((HUGS))

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/10/2013 7:41PM

    I haven't had a doughnut in ages! I would succumb too and eat too many - that is why they aren't allowed in the house. Hope you had a good walk:)

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EBURGITE 2/9/2013 1:51PM

    doughnuts once in a while is ok. glad you enjoyed it!

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KASEYCOFF 2/9/2013 10:08AM

    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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THE DOUGHNUT

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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I TOOK THE DAY OFF

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).
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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.

Yvonne
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UPDATE

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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