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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Days 15/16

Monday, January 11, 2010

Got back from DIsney around 5:00 this afternoon. Still cold here too! Our electric bill doubled last month! The grandsons were adorable and the baby was just precious! So much fun to have 2 babies at once. My oldest son who lives near has a 2 month old, Brandon and Ethan is 4 months old. I'll have to visit Brandon this weekend to see how he is coming along.
Yesterday was my 37th Wedding Anniversary! 37 YEARS with the same man! Unbelievable. We got married in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 10, 1973. We were both in the Air Force and I was stationed in Panama CIty, Fl. Flew over there to get married so we could be stationed together when he returned to the states. We've had a wonderful life.
This blog hasn't much to do with the title but I have to catch up. Tomorrow, I will be back concentrating on the program. It is hard to follow a diet when you are eating out at Disney four days.
One noticeable thing, I have not had any trouble with acid-reflux and heartburn since I have been with Spark the last 2 weeks. Today, after a couple of days of not so great food, my stomach was acting up again. I don't like it. It is telling me that I shouldn't be eating fried and fatty foods and probably chocolate, too. So, tomorrow, I will get back on track and eat healthy.
I did take the book with me and my daughter-in-law has just joined Sparkpeople too. Lots of people I run into are sparking. i'm reading the book chapters again and in part 1, it is important to learn about the four cornerstones and how they interact with each other and with other area of our lives. I learned it was okay for me to drop my exercise boot camp in order to concentrate on my business and on the healthy eating part of the program. I'm ready to go to bed. Tomorrow!


How I became sliim,trim and healthy. Day14

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I'm at Disneyworld with family and it is supposed to stay in the 30"s today with sleet and snow possibly! Not my idea of a Dsney experience. SSOOO, I volunteered to stay home with 4 month Ethan so he would not be exposed to the cold so I am nestled in a nice condominium, 3 BR with kitchen and all amenities at Bonnet Creek. Oh, Darn! And with the baby all day. He lives in N.C. so this is only the second time I've seen him so what an opportunity f or me! There isn't much to eat here and I'm really missing my veggies and protein. We had spaghetti last night and we were munching all night looking for something satisfying to eat. I WANT A SALAD! I brought the spark book with me and I can reread it. It is amazing how eating healthy for almst 2 weeks has inspired me to want to keep it up. There is all kind of jumk here and I want a salad! With that said, I will sign out. I'm on my son't laptop and I'm not used to a laptop. Have a great spark day!

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AFWIFE0805 1/10/2010 12:54AM

    I still can't get over the fact that it's almost snowing in Orlando. That's just insane...I know how hard it is while on vacation, but good for you keeping motivated. I always have a hard time. Hope you enjoy your time with Ethan :-)

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KASEYCOFF 1/9/2010 12:03PM

    Snow? in ORLANDO?!? eGAD, but that really is weird weather! Global freezing, mebbe? :-)

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    That is great that the book has inspired you and that you get to stay warm in the condo! Have fun with Ethan!

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MA2DAPPLES 1/9/2010 10:50AM

    LOL Great that you crave a salad. Changes are happening. Odd to think of Disneyworld having sleet and snow. We are in a deep freeze here and have had a lot of snow. Normaly we get a lot of ice but we have so much snow this year that we might beat the 1918 record. Stay warm, enjoy Ethan and I hope you get back to Disneyworld tomorrow.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 13

Friday, January 08, 2010

Almost 2 weeks on Spark and I've made lots of friends already! This will be short today as we are off to Disneyworld for the marathon and to see our son, his wife and 2 grandsons and her family. We go every year at this time. One grandson is 4 months old and I've only seen him once so that will be lots of fun!!!
My goal this weekend is to have FUN! and eat sensibly. When we go out I will make a healthy choice and I'm sure I will be getting lots of walking in. It is supposed to be cold, in the 40's. Most of the time we are in shirt sleeves down there at this time of year. The first time we went to DIsney years ago, it was so cold, everyone in the park had a disney sweatshirt. Stores were selling them like hot cakes. Might get one myself this time.
My scale is iffy but it looks like I've lost maybe 2 lbs. I can feel it in my stomach fat, flatter there. And I'm not stuffed with food and my acid relfux problem is in remission.
Have a great weekend everyone. If my son brings his laptop, I'll be checking in.

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    Have fun at the marathon!

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    Have fun at the marathon!

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KASEYCOFF 1/8/2010 9:24AM

    You have a great time! And be sure to get some mouse ears to go with the sweatshirt - post pix when you get back!! :-)

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CUPCAKE954 1/8/2010 7:49AM

    Have fun! emoticon

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 12

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Moderation is the key! And with that in mind, I have decided to drop the Boot Camp as one of my goals and put the exercise goal off until February or until it warms up here in Florida. It seems like such a small thing, just 10 min a day to exercise but for me, after missing 2 days deliberately, I've decided that I need to let that goal rest for a while.

You see, I own an Interior Decorating Business and I have yet to begin my recordkeeping files and tasks I need to do for 2010. I work from home, by myself, and this is Tax time for small businesses. I have put it off all week, instead spending time on Sparkpeople so something has to give. I attended the first meeting of our local Chamber of Commerce this morning and I see that the vacation is over and I must get back to work. If it's to be it is up to me and I feel some enthusiasm coming back for the task.

I feel good about the decision to stop boot camp for now but I am continuing the dog walking which Panda loves. As it warms up, we can walk farther. Also, I have a friend and mentor, Pat, who started me walking about 3 years ago. I went from huffing and puffing after 1 mile to being able to walk 3 easily while having a conversation. We try to walk 3 mornings a week, but again, the weather, and family health issues have put that off. I look forward to resuming our walks when the weather warms in a few weeks. There are numerous walking and running events in this area and I intend to join some of them. I have done several with Pat in the last couple of years so I'm not exactly a couch potato. Tomorrow my family is off to our annual treck to Disneyworld for the Walt Disney Marathon. My daughter in law and her dad are running in the half marathon. My husband did the full marathon last year, first and last and is not participating this year. Who knows, maybe I'll want to try for that half marathon again. I finished 6 miles once and had to drop out due to an ankle injury and not enough conditioning.

So for today, I'm continuing the journey to be healthy, and will do my best to keep my goals over the next 4 days. I've been most successful at eliminating a dessert or sweet after every meal. If I can break that habit, that is a real milestone. Have a great weekend!

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CAPECODBABE 1/7/2010 6:26PM

    Keep up the walking!

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KASEYCOFF 1/7/2010 12:45PM

    I completely agree with how you're going about things: you will get back to the training / fitness goals. This is postponing, not cancelling. I'm still looking forward to the time when I can walk AND talk at the same time--! :-D

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    moderation is always key. And I cannot stress enough how important it is to take baby steps when starting something like this. I get overwhelmed very easily, so it is best for me, at least.

Good luck with our business and good job keeping up with te walking.

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TLFINNEY1 1/7/2010 11:58AM

    Thank you. I just became a SP member and started out gung ho. I have a bad habit jumping before looking. I think it was too much too soon, baby steps. You gave me inspiration to step back and reevaluate my goals. I do not want to fail as I have many times before. I want to be healthy and if losing weight is a benefit, GREAT. Thank you.

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4DOGNIGHT 1/7/2010 11:42AM

    Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot!

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SPATTEN2001 1/7/2010 11:27AM

    A hard decision for you I am certain but ... sometimes, we have to prioritize and do what we know we can. Actually, an erratic EKG was my eye-opener to stop being overcommitted and tend to the business of taking care of myself. Hang in there ... don't give up ... we are here for you!

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JLCAMBURN 1/7/2010 11:22AM

    It's important to keep our priorities in check and take on what we know we can accomplish. Good for you!

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Fond memories of my mother.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Two blogs in one day! But I was thinking about my mom this morning and I wanted to share. She died when she was 60, I was 30, so I never really got to know her as a mother-daughter relationship. We had a tumultuous relationship as it was so it was sad she died so young. I am going to be 62 in March so I can't imagine what she went through. She had leukemia and was in a hospital about 5 hours drive from me and I had 2 small babies and I wasn't there.

But I learned a lot from her. Back in those days, when I was growing up, women actually cooked dinner for their familes. Every night we had a balanced meal, meat, a starch and vegetables. When she was working, she would often leave instructions for cooking dinner for my sister and I to complete so it would be ready when she came home. She was a good cook and my sister and I are as well. I followed her example and always had the basic 3 at our family dinners, which were most nights. My sons talk about family dinners to this day and they are in their 30's.

My mom was alway diet conscious. Not necessarily on a diet but conscious of not eating too much and eating right. We've lost that as a nation now, too much fast food available. I also learned to sew from her. I used to make all of my clothing and even sewed for my husband and my boys. That too is a dead art. What I didn't learn from her was how to keep house. Oh, she taught me to dust and vacuum but somewhere along the way I decided to give it up. A famous decorator (Mario Buatta, the prince of Chintz) once said, "Dust is a protective covering for your furniture." Thank good ness for my husband who vaccuums nearly every day and keeps things organized. And the cleaning lady who comes every other week.

I could go on but time is wasting and I have a client to see this morning so must go. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/6/2010 11:58AM

    The women in my family claim good housekeeping skips a generation: my great-grandmother always had her hair falling down and a book in her hand, even sometimes when she was stirring something on the stove. But the house was (shall we say) messy. My grandmother, her daughter, was a great housekeeper, everything neat and tidy. My mother was just like her grandmother: if there was a flat surface, you could bet there were things piled on it. Me? Seems like every decade I change direction. First I was like my grandmother, then when the kids were small everything was a mess, then when they were older I was a regular Martha Stewart, then things got messy again... Bob will be so pleased the 20teens seems to be a neatness decade, lol...

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