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Making Real Measurable Progress!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Today after I did my morning workout, I drove to my WW meeting. I got on the scale at my weigh in, and held my breath. I lost 2.4 pounds this week and there was a song in my heart. I listened attentively at the meeting and found that I was doing many things correctly. I felt good. Since I was in the area,, I stopped at a large department store (yes, I had several coupons) and decided to try on several tops that were on the sale rack. Gasp! All of them were too big - even the smaller size!

Before I tried on the tops, I was strictly measuring my progress by the number on the scale. When I tried on new clothes, I got another measure of my progress. Tonight, I found a third measure of my progress. When I took off my ActiveLink and plugged it into my computer it registered 4 activity points. What that number means is that I achieved the level of my baseline activity, plus 4 additional activity points above my baseline. I was totally shocked! This is the level that I am trying to meet at the end of my 12 week challenge. It is only week 3 and I've already had a day where I've met the challenge! Wow!

How did I hit my goal of 4 activity points? I split up my activity over the course of my day and kept moving, all day long. I'm not sure that I could keep up that pace every day, but I was thrilled that I was able to do it today. Today, I didn't work out harder, I worked out smarter. I'm living proof that breaking your workouts up into workout sections, gives you just as great an overall workout as one long workout. In fact, for me, this worked out much better because I wasn't overly tired after my workout. This meant that I had energy left to do other things and was able to keep moving throughout my day. Today I feel like I'm making real, measurable progress!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 11:35AM

    Congrats on all your progress!!

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ROSEWCI 11/17/2012 4:56AM

    emoticon You GO girl!!! emoticon

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today, I was back in the water after being out for 5 days due to a skin irritation. I'm still being very careful with my arm and neck. I find out more about my arm (and the MRI that was done on October 30) when I go to the doctor this coming Monday.

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2012 10:17AM

    hope it gets better soon........
wishing you good news from the dr......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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DONNABRIGHT 11/15/2012 9:20AM

    Keep us posted!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    Hope that skin feels good and looks good now. I know how you miss your water workouts. I looked for you Tuesday at the Y and now I know why I didn't see you. Hope the doctor's appointment goes well, Cyndi. Take care.

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Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Today we are going over to my SIL's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Since my FIL passed away last February, he lived right down the street from my SIL, she decided to go out of town this year for the actual Thanksgiving celebration. I think that is a wise move on her part. She will make an effort to establish some new traditions and make some new memories this year. She still wants to do something in our area so we will have Thanksgiving dinner today. It will be very strange having a big dinner without my FIL and hearing his loud laughter and all of his jokes. Still, we will have a sense of family and that is a good thing.

Hubby and I will cook a healthy Thanksgiving meal at our house on Thanksgiving with my family. We started a new tradition 2 years ago by adding a variety of vegetable dishes instead of breads, sweetened sides and unhealthy fats. The result was that everyone felt healthier and fuller at the end of the meal. We still indulge in cranberry jelly and pumpkin pie but in smaller amounts. This year I will make sugar free pumpkin pie for my hubby and sister and regular pumpkin custard in ramekins for my daughter and me. I will also save some pumpkin to make pumpkin smoothies for my daughter and me. They are soooo good!

Hubby and I were hoping to take a veggie tray to the dinner today, so we could be sure that we would be able to have things we can eat. My in-laws nixed that idea and told us to just bring ourselves. My plan is to eat very sparingly at dinner and eat my veggies when we get home. I will also take a snack with me to eat in the car so I won't be so hungry that all of the grease, bread and potatoes will tempt me. My guess is that since I think in terms of Weight Watchers points before I put something into my mouth, I will do just fine.

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JTREMBATH 11/11/2012 4:50PM

    Enjoy your Thanks Giving dinner.

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L*I*T*A* 11/11/2012 12:38PM

    enjoy the dinner with family......
blessings and hugs..........lita

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DONNABRIGHT 11/11/2012 12:19PM

    I think you will do just fine, also! Enjoy your family.

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Fun At The Fall Festival

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This morning hubby and I went out for breakfast. I had 6 egg whites, a banana and 3/4 C of oatmeal with sugar free maple syrup. After we finished breakfast, we walked around our downtown area which was closed off to through traffic. There were antiques, crafts, antique cars, food and a D.J. Most of the restaurants and shops were also open, even at 9:30a.m. Did I mention that it was a perfect day for a festival? It was in the high 60's, very sunny with a blue sky. Sigh! The weather couldn't have been more beautiful for a long walk outdoors. Hubby and I started out together, looking at the antiques. I found some collectibles that we plan to give as Christmas gifts. As I was waiting to pay for 4 items, I started to talk to the owner of one of the shops. Hubby got impatient and I told him to go ahead and walk further up the street and wait for me on a bench. I finished looking at the antiques and couldn't find him anywhere, so I started looking at all of the wonderful handmade crafts.

There were many lovely handmade crafts available for purchase. I think I was just enjoying the day and my walk so I didn't buy anything else but I thoroughly enjoyed looking. I still didn't see hubby so I increased my pace and went up and down several side streets. I wasn't really worried about not seeing him and used my time to work in a little exercise. When I was finished I started checking all of the benches and finally I spotted him. He had a big o'l grin on his face and said, "Look'n for me? I bet you had a hard time because I was in there!" He pointed at a restaurant that some friends of ours own. Our friends had opened early (10:30a.m.) even though they serve Mexican food. (It is so yummy too!)

Hubby took me inside the restaurant to say hello. My friends wanted to see my purchases and I played them down and told them they were just a few little things, no big deal. Then I excused myself and went to the restroom. When I came back, hubby had all of my purchases spread out on the table - including the one thing that I had bought for him! It wouldn't have registered that one of the items was for him except that they commented about how cute it was. Of course hubby then wanted to take a closer look at it. It suddenly dawned on my friends that it was for my husband and one friend told him so. So much for surprises! She was so embarrassed and I just laughed. By Christmas, hubby will have forgotten. Ah, the joys of aging! My friends are really sweet and we enjoyed the visit but it was time to let them get to work, so we left.

We strolled around the craft booths once again and headed toward the antique cars. Talk about a walk down memory lane!!! Wow! There were cars from our collective parents' childhoods as well as our own. Let me insert here that cars from my childhood are now classified as antiques, but I am not! LOL There were at least 75 cars to look at and a D.J. was playing "oldies" music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. We had such a wonderful morning - exercise, fun, sunshine and music. You certainly can't beat that combination!

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L*I*T*A* 11/11/2012 1:28AM

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ELSCO55 11/10/2012 11:44PM

    sounds like a wonderful day

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JTREMBATH 11/10/2012 7:19PM

    It sounded like a great day, Ilove looking at antiques to and often end up looking on the computer.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/10/2012 6:24PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! That was in Bartow, right?9 If it was someplace else, tell me the next time I see you0. That's funny about hubby seeing his present. Hope that all works out. Like you say, he'll probably forget. Or else want it early! Take care. Bet your ActiveLink registered a whole lot of movement today!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 11/10/2012 5:42PM

    So glad you had a great day!

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Friday - A Happy Dance Day!

Friday, November 09, 2012

I slept fairly well last night but at about 2a.m. I woke up with a headache. Bummer! The good news is that I got up, walked around,went back to bed, turned over to the other side and went back to sleep. I awoke again at about 4a.m. because my left thigh was throbbing. I don't know why either. I just turned over put a pillow between my knees and went back to sleep. That time, I didn't wake up until 7a.m. When I woke up I felt very stiff. This was most likely due to the fact that I increased the intensity and decreased the length of my workout yesterday. I also had some dry patches on my skin this morning so I decided to skip the water workouts until next week. Instead, today was a walking day.

So, what could I do for the day today? Wow! My schedule has been so tight for the last few weeks that having free time was a big treat! I decided to catch up on some things that I've been wanting to do all week. First, I went to my WW weigh in and I lost one pound. Insert a happy dance here! emoticon Next, I went to the Hallmark store in the mall and used $10 worth of coupons and got some freebies and bargains. I'm making progress on my Christmas shopping! Insert another happy dance here! emoticon After that I got gas at the gas station and only paid $3.29/gallon. Let's have another happy dance! emoticon Next I took a pre Thanksgiving trip to Walmart for groceries and Christmas gifts. Yes you heard me correctly, I am already doing my shopping for Christmas while also doing shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. Man was it crowded!!! I believe the snowbirds have landed in Florida for the winter! At Wally's World, as I like to call it, I was able to purchase all of the groceries on my list, 3 Christmas gifts, a great big turkey breast for $12 and I used around $12 worth of coupons. As an added plus, many of the things on my list were on sale because of Thanksgiving! I did a happy dance all the way out to my car! emoticon After loading my treasures into the back of my car, I started the drive home. I was afraid that because of the time, I would get caught in school traffic. Not so! I travelled the whole 15 miles without any problems and never got snagged in traffic. God was smiling on me as I put a smile on my face emoticon and a song in my heart emoticon emoticon Finally, I stopped at CVS to pick up a prescription. I had a very short wait and, drum roll please...... my prescription was ready as promised! Happy dance here emoticon

As luck would have it, hubby was home to unload my car for me, so I could quickly whisk away the Christmas gifts I had purchased and hide them, since all 3 were for him. While I was putting the gifts away, hubby unloaded the car. He also had a great day and was in a good mood which made me even happier. Together, we put the groceries away in record time! It was a happy dance day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENAE954 11/9/2012 9:14PM

  Sounds like you had a fabulous day.
Worth a repeat.

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L*I*T*A* 11/9/2012 9:08PM

    what an awesome day!!!

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ELSCO55 11/9/2012 9:00PM

    emoticon Sounds like a wonderful day

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