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It started as a day off.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I always take vacation on July 5th. Our neighborhood becomes a DMZ on July 4th and my dogs keep me up all night long. So we got up a bit late today. I planned a real "day off". We went to see Spiderman with the boy child - emoticon! Then off to the mall. I ended up walking the entire mall while hubby and boy were looking around at FYE. Then I bought "The Spark" at the bookstore. Guess I know what my "down time" is going to be for a while! emoticon

I didn't like what my pedometer was reading when I got home tonight so I headed out with Tazzy. She really did well considering the heat. We did almost 4.5 miles. Our time was horrible, but even I was have some trouble. It was like a sauna out there tonight. So I got my steps, fell short on the miles but I don't have a bike right now. Hubby has promised to fix my tire tomorrow. I need my 30 min ride to make my mileage.

Sweet Dreams all!

  
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LIVINGFREE19 7/7/2012 10:44AM

    You did great being able to go out and walk that much in this crazy heat!
Great job!!

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NOCALORIES 7/6/2012 7:04PM

    Thank you for writing this blog and sharing yourself. Be motivated to achieve goals just be wise and live healthy daily. Glad you will have your bike working soon.

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SACHABEE 7/6/2012 1:13PM

    Sounds like a nice day off! We saw spiderman too, loved it !

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FLEURGARDEN 7/6/2012 7:42AM

    Don't push yourself too much in this heat. I know you like it, but the high humidity is really taxing on our bodies. I had a very fit friend fall prey to heat stroke a few years ago, so I tend to be a lot more cautious these days, especially when the national weather service issues excessive heat warnings for my area.

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 7/6/2012 7:13AM

    Glad you had a nice day off! This heat can be brutal so remember to be smart and take care of yourself! Its okay that your walked slower, you got out there and did it! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/6/2012 6:01AM

    It can be heck with the heat and fireworks all the time. Take care and get your miles in when you can get back with your dear bike.

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GMO_JEN 7/6/2012 12:13AM

    This was our babies first 4th. Yadi kind of went crazy jumping around and running-almost like he wanted out to be with the neighborhood. Willow wouldn't go outside, and was pretty freaked out. With it being so dry, I was shocked by all the fireworks!

Spark is great reading, hope you like it!

You do so well with your walking and exercise :)

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MICHELLE_391 7/5/2012 11:42PM

    I'm sure you'll like the Spark It makes for great reading!

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BEARGODDESS 7/5/2012 11:06PM

    Glad you had a nice day! emoticon

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Staying on Target

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Ok, about half my stress oozed right out of my body yesterday. It didn't take any extra fat with it, so I need to get back to reality.

I know I've put up some major numbers for the first few days this month. I decided walking until I could barely move was better than eating myself sick. I didn't even order the pizza, phone was in hand but I put it down. That is a MAJOR accomplishment for me.

Went to IN Dunes today with hubby, and I wish he had stayed home. Not that I don't want company, I do. The problem is he doesn't handle heat well I spent the entire time worrying about him. He has this strange idea that I'm going to be upset if he doesn't go. He has also confessed that he is worried about me leaving him because I'm loosing weight and he isn't, and the fact that he is 16 yrs my senior doesn't help much. I'm not certain he understands that this is all for me. emoticon

So we come home and watched a movie to relax a bit, but I really didn't get to burn much energy off (at that pace, I could have walked forever). I decided to take the fuzzy personal trainer for a walk. She only made it about a mile before she was dragging. So we turned around and went home.

And my bike tire is flat. emoticon So I'm home for the night. I still have energy, I'm not even certain why.

My only problem is that I'm doing all cardio. I haven't touched my resistance bands all week. I was so good about ST and now it's been a week since I've done anything. I need to find motivation for ST. Cardio makes me feel stress free and energized. ST wears me out. I thought I would enjoy resistance bands because they are something different but I hate having to find room to use them.

I'm making my steps and mileage so far. Water hasn't been an issue either. So I guess I'm doing well. My self esteem has been really high lately so I'm feeling pretty good about myself. That's what this journey is all about for me. Getting about to being able to do things again and feeling good about it. So that means I'm on target!

  
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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:58AM

    Great job on the pizza issue!
it is great that you and your hubby have a close relationship, and that he talks to you and tells you how he is feeling. I wish mine did!
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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:47PM

    Hey, also I forgot to mention with the strenght training, try eating a banana or drinking some powerade after your workout, the powerade is much less salt that gatorade and it has the mag and potass that your muscles need to replinsh them from fatigue, just watch them on calories. You will notice the Powerade REALLY helps!

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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:44PM

    Maybe find a happy median for compramising with your dune hike. Ask him to go and time you, he can trail behind and stop the timer when you get back. Or ask him if you can plan a trip alone because you want to push ahead to work to the next level. Something that would satify you both. I know a couple weeks ago you were dying for him to go out on the bikes with you, maybe ask him to go do that with you and then let him know the hiking is something you want to push with. Heck, maybe he will want to push harder to make it wiht you or understand you want to go alone.

The strentgh training is hard, especially in the begining and working up in levels. Try carrying weight with you on your hiking trips, like 10 pounds in a backpack. Maybe then your hubby can keep up and you will get a harder workout. Also, try strentgh training before your cardio, just do 10-15 min and then hit cardio and it will pick you up. Try that for a couple weeks and the add 5 min to strenght. You should have break periods throughout the workout too. Like where you lift for 3 min then move to a cardio burst for 2 min and the 1 min abs. It gives you a break to catch your breath. Jillian Micheal's 3-2-1 interval training is the best. Try a video of hers if you get around to it. They work you up week to week. You will be suprised how strong you really are!

But seriously, try packing some weight on your dune hikes, I bet the hubby will keep up with you ha ha!

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MICHELLE_391 7/5/2012 10:16PM

    Again, I have to say that you are married to a wonderful human being! I'm very impressed that he was able to tell you about his fear. That just shows how close you really are.

Congratulations on not getting a pizza! You are such a strong woman and I admire you for it. I love it that you strut and take care of yourself the very best way you can.

While you are on the topic of strength training, I'm wondering how you fit it in? Evening isn't working for me, because I tend to eat dinner at 7 and then I'm too full for crunches. I'm not often up to it after cardio - not yet, since I've added more time to my daily goal. So when do you do it?

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KARENA-G 7/5/2012 10:00PM

    Congrats on putting down the phone when you were tempted to eat pizza! I hope you find some strength training that works for you. I went out to use my bike today and found the tires flat, of course, since I haven't used it in so long. Then I couldn't figure out how to use the air pump!

I look forward to getting to know you better in the BSG Challenge for July. Go Firecrackers!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 7/5/2012 7:55PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well! I like the suggestion for strength training dvds - maybe that would make it more fun for you.

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SACHABEE 7/5/2012 5:36PM

    Glad you are feeling good! Maybe try some DVD's for strength training. I really like Jillian Michaels because she mixes cardio in so you burn calories. I stopped doing ST for a week and I felt like my muscles were gone. I did ST again yesterday and feel so much better.

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EXCIRA 7/5/2012 8:58AM

    I know what you mean about walking yourself to the ground instead of doing the binge. Thanks to my little FitBit, I walk circles around my house at night if I've not hit the 10,000 steps and 5 mile goals. I use my basement stairs to get the 10 flights in a day as well. It really helps to keep me out of the fridge.

I would say to be honest with your husband about walking without him or even the relationship. My husband has the same things going on. We are the same age but he's not in the best shape. Instead of trying to get him to get fit, I just concentrate on myself and figure he will follow if he wants. However, I've been open that I'm not going to leave him. My quote is always - "Why would I leave you? I've finally got your trained. I'm not going through training another man." LOL! Of course, this works for me because of my sarcastic humor but you really do need to be open and honest. It will not only help him but you as well. The guilt you feel needs to be dealt with so that you can continue your journey.

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FLEURGARDEN 7/5/2012 7:31AM

    Like you, I love the heat, but the humidity here yesterday sapped my energy. I went for what is normally an easy, somewhat leisurely walk, and I could feel my lungs straining for oxygen. So it's no wonder your husband had a hard time in the heat - most people would with the high humidity added to it.





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TWEETYKC00 7/5/2012 6:32AM

    I know your DH worries about you and you worry for him, but maybe in time he will realize that you love him and this is your personal journey here. Fear not the strength training! It doesn't have to be hard and you can do it at different times so you can decide what you want and when. I love my bands, they really help and you can do so many things with them.

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AUNTRENEE 7/4/2012 10:31PM

    send some of that energy my way. I have it but not putting up much to do anything for.

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The Weight is Lifted!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The judge dismissed the case! I just stood there looking at him. "you can go Miss". I continued to just blink at him. "get out of here" - I moved. So I lost two days worth of sleep, bit off every nail I had, and worked myself up to the point of crazy - for everything to be dismissed.

My entire time in court was only 10 minutes. We were done and out.

Since we were downtown, we walked over to see the "Bean". I really wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I just don't get "abstract" art. I know it has a name, but to me it was a giant silver kidney bean. Sorry.

We had passes the Cultural Center on our way to the "Bean". They had a banner up for something called "Morbid Curiosities". Sounded like our speed so we checked it out. They had some beautiful pieces and displays. Wonderful "death art" (skulls/skeletons) including Tibetan skull bowls. My favorite piece was the Death of Venus - it was great.

They had a second gallery off the main one that had "war" art. I know they were trying to show the horrors of war by using child-like images in the uniforms and such. Problem is I'm a Dr. Who fan - so I looked at hubby and went "are you my mommy" and we both busted up. Not appropriate but if you understood the reference you and smiling right now. At that point we hustled out of there.

I did reward myself with food - good Polish food and a mixed drink but stayed within calories. I did come home and walk the dog, so even accomplished some cardio.

Now, the stress is off, the nervous energy is gone, and two days of no sleep has caught up. I will get caught up with everyone in the next few days. I promise! Thank you so much for all the well wishes and prayers. I'm too tired to strut right now but with some sleep, I'll be right back at it.

Kitty

  
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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:49AM

    That is awesome that you are finally done with that and the stress is done also!!
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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/5/2012 10:33PM

    Fantastic News! I told you that you were too nice to deserve all that!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/4/2012 9:18PM

    Have some good sleep !
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KALANTHA 7/4/2012 1:29PM

    That's GREAT news, Kitty!!

So glad you can finally relax.

Glad you had fun after court (Being part Polish myself, I'm quite jealous that you enjoyed that wonderful food without me.) I'm proud of you for enjoying some great food AND staying within your calorie range!

Then you walked, too!

You are a SPARKSTAR!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/4/2012 1:15PM

    Dear god I love kielbasa! Congrats on having case dismissed. What a way to celebrate!

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MICHELLE_391 7/4/2012 12:42PM

    My little peacock lady - you strut in your sleep. Yeah, you're that fabulous. I'd hardly call it rewarding yourself with food for eating Polish food. You ate something you truly enjoy and stayed within your range. That's a lifestyle change. You don't have to deprive yourself of anything to be an amazing, healthy, woman. You just need to keep it real.

And you sooooooooooo are!

Congratulations on your court outcome - the bright, sunny rays of the universe are shining upon you. And if anyone deserves that kind of love, it's you.

Enjoy the 4th and the heat! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 11:10AM

    Glad it all worked out so well for you. I get annoyed when I make the effort to go to court and then they dismiss it so quickly - couldn't they have made that decision before I wasted a trip? :-)

I like the Bean for some reason, probably because I enjoy looking at all the different reflections in it. It's funny how so many people are always there taking pictures.

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SACHABEE 7/4/2012 11:08AM

    Happy it turned out well!

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MDWSTRNR 7/4/2012 9:20AM

    Yay!

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EXCIRA 7/4/2012 8:57AM

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 7/4/2012 8:54AM

    Glad it was thrown out! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/4/2012 5:39AM

    Go get your rest and relax, it's over and you can have your normal life back again.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2012 3:33AM

    emoticon So glad it got thrown out and that you can relax now! The Cultural Center sounds like a cool place to visit! Glad you had a good day and can stop stressing now!

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VIXSTERLU 7/4/2012 12:47AM

    Great to hear! I hope you get a wonderful nights sleep :)

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BEARGODDESS 7/3/2012 11:27PM

    I hate to say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO!! Sounds like it turned into rather a fun day though actually! The Cultural Center exhibits sound REALLY interesting.
Glad it turned into a good day sweetie! Get a good nights sleep! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 7/3/2012 11:10PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Such great news! I am glad you were able to take in some scenery as a way to relax after such stress, and enjoyed a good meal!

So glad you can relax and enjoy your holiday!

Karen

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Stressed

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Well, I am certainly up with the cardio this month. I've had two days over 200 minutes. My legs are a bit sore but I am stretching them out. I've just got so much on my mind right now, I need to stay active and not think.

I just have to hope everything goes well tomorrow. I don't want to go into details but I have court over the car accident tomorrow. It's driving me nuts. So I just keep walking. When the dogs can't walk any more, I jumped on the bike. I couldn't bike any further and I'm wandering around with my pedometer.

Nothing works better on stress than constant activity. I ate at the high end of my range tonight. PB&J is just too much of a comfort food. I know I should know better, but I'm staying within range. And with the activity I've put in the last few days, I can use the carbs.

Well, here's hoping I sleep tonight. I'm not working tomorrow, so I'm not going to lay in bed all night again. If I'm not out by midnight, I'll drag Tazzy out for a walk by the lake.

Wishing everyone warm wags!

Kitty

  
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LIVINGFREE19 7/6/2012 1:54AM

    Stress is so brutal. I am glad that you channeled your stress so constuctively!
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SNAILTURBO2GO 7/3/2012 6:26PM

    PB & J sounds great! Good job not eating 3 of them lol. Hey thanks for your support with my busy schedule. I really appreciate your kind and encouragin words, it helps me get through my day when things are tough. It's nice that you take time out of your day to help others. I have been thinking good thoughts about your court deal today. I'm sure you will be glad it's over with either way. If you are anything like me, the anticipation kills my stomach! I would rather have bad results and have it over with sometimes. I had a big court case a couple years ago that was facing me with a misdemeanor for something that was absolutely made a big deal over nothing. It happened at work with a customer, but was just ridiculous! I had never been in any trouble and it was drawn out over 6 months and almost killed me lol. The judge threw it out and wouldnt even hear the case... he knew is was BS. I was so relieved, but it was crazy how stressful it was for me. I can relate to your feelings. You can email me if you want to know more deatails, just for a good laugh. Anyway, I hope things go in your favor! You are way to nice to get more trouble!

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KALANTHA 7/3/2012 5:51PM

    I just read this! I hope all went well in court today and that you're able to get a good night's sleep tonight. emoticon emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/3/2012 11:31AM

    I hope all goes well for you in court.

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ERINWALKER81 7/3/2012 11:21AM

    Deep Breaths...LOL!

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BEARGODDESS 7/3/2012 10:08AM

    It'll all be over quickly and then you can get your peace of mind back. I know it's hard to get your mind off of things that are throwing your everyday routine off so much. Hope you get it over with fast and get back to normal.

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KRICKET4 7/3/2012 9:38AM

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MRSTABER 7/3/2012 8:43AM

    I hope all goes well. I will pray for you!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 7/3/2012 6:59AM

    Ugh! Hope all goes well today. Those stressful times can be terrible but you are tackling it in a healthy way and no matter what the outcome of court is, you'll come out stronger. emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 7/3/2012 6:42AM

    Ugh...there's nothing worse than constant stress and insomnia. I hope this all gets resolved for you. Take care of yourself as much as you can, drink a lot of water and stretch. You don't want to walk yourself into an injury! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/3/2012 5:31AM

    I hope things work out with court for you. Sending hugs for you.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/3/2012 3:24AM

    When you can't sleep try taking Melatonin or Valerian Root and also try meditating before you go to sleep. Meditating usually helps me to relax and clear my mind. I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/3/2012 1:09AM

    {{{{{HUGS}}}Try not to worry about it,think positive.It will be what it will be.Wishing it will be in your favor, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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BIGDOG1969 7/3/2012 12:33AM

    Best of luck to you. Don't overdo the walking though...getting injured really sucks.

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JANTWO 7/3/2012 12:29AM

    I hope all goes well for you!!!! emoticon

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July Goals

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I read my Spark Friends blogs and everyone is always sharing their goal/challenges for the month. I've done it before but I'm not certain I've been completely "honest" about setting my goals. I tend to aim low. I've looked back at the last 4 months trackers (I keep a spreadsheet) and I have always achieved my goals with several days to spare. I realize that this is not what goal setting should be about. I know I do that because I have bad days and I don't want to feel like I've let anyone down my not achieving.

So, here's the deal. I'm going to set some goals this month that will really cause me to stretch. If I want the right to strut, I can't keep playing it safe. I am officially upping my goals out of the "safe/can do" range. So here goes:

July goals -

1) 360,000 steps emoticon. That comes out to 12,000 steps per day. I'm averaging about 11,000 right now including my big walks. I have had lots of days under 10,000 but I really can't allow that any more.

2) 270 miles emoticon. That comes out to 9 miles a day. I know that doesn't match my steps but I'm trying to add in some regular bike riding 3 to 4 night a week. The 9 miles is an average. I want 42 miles a week walking (6 miles a day) and 6 miles to 4 days a week on the bike.

3) 102 fitness minutes per day emoticon. I've been over 90 minutes a day for awhile. I need to PUSH the strength training. I do 90 in cardio - so I'm going to force myself to ST 3 days per week.

4) Daily stretching routine emoticon. I tend to blow off stretching until I have pain. Then I make hubby use acupressure to make me feel better. I'm actually LOSING flexibility. I need to be gaining in that too. Hubby knows more stretches than you can shake a stick at. I'm going to get him to spend a few minutes a day teaching me stretches.

5) 10 cups of water per day emoticon. I do all of my cardio outside and 8 glasses is not enough water in this heat. I've been going back to my coffee after hitting my 8 in water. I can't do that and stay properly hydrated now. I need to up the water.

6) Eat my calorie range emoticon. I have a new range (once I was honest with my tracker about what I do). I also have a tendency to pig out one day and then "make it up" the rest of the week. NO MORE! I'm not going to "borrow" calories any longer. I'm going to be on track every day. And (those of you who know me - sit down), I'm going to start cooking! Yes, Kitty will enter the kitchen and use more than "magic box". I have a stove, I know how to turn it on. I will use it.

7) Down time every night emoticon emoticon emoticon. I do very little for myself that is RELAXING. I'm even multi-tasking while watching my movies or using my stepper while talking with hubby. I don't every really let down and I'm certain that is my sleep issue. So 30 minutes before bed, no exercise, no computer, nothing but hubby or girls or bath or meditation. I'm going to relax if it kills me.

So there we go. I'm going to push myself this month. I'm a bit nervous that I won't make all of them. Nerves and excitement feel the same right? Same brain chemicals are responsible. That mean I'm just excited. New feathers for the peacock.

Kitty

  
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GINGERPAWZ 7/10/2012 1:55PM

    Those are some emoticon goals. Keep up the emoticon work.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/3/2012 1:22PM

    Great goals sis! I think you've inspired me to set my own! :)

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LYDDIECAT 7/3/2012 6:45AM

    wow...12,000 steps a day; I feel special when I hit 10,000! Go, girl!

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MICHELLE_391 7/2/2012 9:25PM

    These are fantastic and ambitious goals! I'd put my money on you succeeding, too. You're just that kinda girl.

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SUPERACHIEVER 7/2/2012 6:16PM

    I am impressed with your goals for the month. Accountability is everything and documenting it is great. Good for you for having a spreadsheet that you fill out. I do the same as well. It helps because I usually have more than one challenge going at any one time so it's easier for me to log everything into the spreadsheet per day and then copy and paste what I need into every different challenge.

Way to go lady!


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VIXSTERLU 7/2/2012 12:00PM

    Great job! Good luck, they are lofty but totally attainable :)

I am on hiatus with goals, but eager to get back to it!

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JESSICAWALKS 7/2/2012 10:37AM

    WOW! You're my hero!!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/2/2012 8:40AM

    Great goals - but with all that cardio, and strength training and stretching, when will you have time to sit down and have any down time? You're superwoman to fit in all that you do in a 24 hour day.

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GMO_JEN 7/1/2012 10:41PM

    Welcome to the July goals club :) you have amazing goals-very hard core. You are going to have a super fit month! emoticon

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