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My healthy lifestyle is fixin to return!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

I am still blogging at if ya wanna know what's been going on in my life, but suffice it to say that a year ago when I intended to get back in the game, IT WAS SHORT LIVED. It has been so difficult to stick to a healtheir regimen with taking care of two little grandsons, one husband that won't live healthy and 1 bedfast mother in law.

Well, yesterday Granny passed away. And one grandson started kindergarten so I now only have 1 two year old and a husband to take care of. I CAN DO THIS! I can get back to making myself a priority!! In fact, the night before Granny passed away I had made the decision to join the gym again. I met with the trainer yesterday and feel good about what I accomplished. That's a MENTAL "feel good"...cause PHYSICALLY, I feel like I worked out for the first time in two years!!!

Ugh! I weighed in this morning at 20 lbs over my goal weight and so it's time to get serious and start tracking every BLT and weighing and measuring my food. Today, we have the viewing and tomorrow is Granny's funeral.

I have a healthy regimen planned of going to the gym 3 days per week, Tues, Thurs and Sat. They DO have daycare if I have to take the grandson with me. I will walk outside with Kash in the stroller at least 3 X per week as well. I have gone grocery shopping and so I'm prepared to STOP eating JUNK and start eating my vegetables again.

I know what I need to do, now I just need to do it! I hope you will check me out on my blog...cause that's where most of my life plays out.

Happy Sparking!

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KYANN402 9/23/2013 9:09PM

    I'm just getting back on track, too. We can do it -- together!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 9/9/2013 3:05AM

  My sympathies for your and your husband's loss. Even though she is no longer suffering there is always a void left behind. Glad to see you back! emoticon emoticon

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MYHANDS4GOD 9/8/2013 8:58PM

    Glad you are back

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DMSPEER93 9/8/2013 6:39PM

    Glad you're back! You helped me so much and I really enjoyed getting to know you! Sorry about your mother-in-law. This has had to be a tough year!

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DEDE824 9/8/2013 2:40PM

    It's good to hear from you, and we sympathize with you in your loss. You've been so good to take care of her all this time.

I like your determination to get back to exercising again. ( I start over again tomorrow! ) Your plan should pay off. Let us know how you're doing.

Those of you who take care of the grand babies amaze me! That in itself should help to keep your strength training current!!

May God bless you and your family as you celebrate Granny's home going.


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MICHELELYNN777 9/8/2013 10:12AM

    Sounds like you've had a lot on your plate! Sorry about MIL~it's always hard losing a loved one no matter if we're expecting it or not. Glad you're back on SP and making time for you!
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NELLJONES 9/8/2013 9:30AM

    It's wonderful to see you back, Bitty! Your MIL's passing is one of those mixed blessings I understand completely, having been through it with my father. They are both in a better place now. It sounds trite, but when you have lived through watching someone suffer for a long time, it's true.

Will you be going back to WW meetings? Please stick around!!

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I'm back in the game...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As many of you are already aware, I am not active on SP anymore. I love their tracker and also used MyFitnessPal prior to using SP's tracker, but found both very complicated and confusing. I'm not sure why, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks and when I used the WW points system I found it much easier and simplistic to follow. It may not be as rigid regarding eating healthy, but when it comes to losing weight I do much better on the Points system.

When I left SP a few months back, and took over taking care of two grandsons in addition to my 91 yr. old bedfast MIL, I got totally away from tracking. Although I maintained my weight when tracking on SP, I never really lost much. Then, when I got totally away from tracking I gained 10 lbs! I had to do something! I knew it was time to get back in the game, but finding time to keep track of what was going in my mouth and find time to exercise was challenging indeed!

I"ve found myself empathizing more recently with young mothers who used to attend my WW meetings and would talk about cooking and taking care of small children and what a hinderance it could be to there healthy lifestyle. I have more empathy now, then I did back then.

Anyway, long story short - Two weeks ago I was able to figure out a exercise regimen that will assist me in getting back in the game. I also discovered that I still had FREE e-tools and was able to use WW online tracker. So, I planned, prepared and began to hold myself accountable by stepping on the dreaded scale! After two weeks (1st week extremely challenging and only 1 lb. lost), I've lost 3.4 lbs in two weeks. I earned 15 Activity Points this past week (Today is day one of my 3rd week) and didn't use but only half of my Weekly Points.

I treasure the friends I've made on here and my primary goal in posting this blog is to let you know that I will be blogging somewhere else from now on. I have so many things that I enjoy blogging about and have wanted to start my own blog for a very long time. It's not done, I'm still in the setting up stage, but you can read what's going on in my life, if you choose by checking me out at:

I look forward to hearing from some of my old friends.

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CANDOSUE52 9/21/2012 9:14AM


So glad you're back "home".

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NDTEACHER1 9/20/2012 9:55PM

    Welcome back!

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ABETTERSOUL 9/19/2012 3:40PM

    Wishing you all the best...will miss you!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/19/2012 11:39AM

    Wishing you success , where every you choice to go on this lifestyle journey .

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GOLFGMA 9/19/2012 8:36AM

    Wishing you much success in your chosen journey.

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EBLOOMING 9/19/2012 12:24AM

    emoticon I wish you well on your journey!

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DEDE824 9/18/2012 10:19PM

    We've missed you, and I'm so glad you posted this update. You are in service so much that I can see how you have little time for being at the computer. I'm glad to hear you're losing again and that you've got a plan working for you.

I will save your link so I can read your blogs! Blessings on you!!
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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/18/2012 10:06PM

    Glad you're getting back on track, creating a system that works for YOU. Once upon a time I took a mini course called Learning to Learn. All about how people absorb knowledge and/or are able to put it to use. No two people are the same. And when it comes to tracking, the methods that work for some are exactly what will be the falling-down point for others.

When you don't have time to do one method, it doesn't work and that is that. It doesn't matter where or how you track/monitor foods; what does matter is that you DO it, you are accountable to yourself in the way that is comfortable and doesn't take over your life.

I've switched to a very basic eating style after years of tracking. IIt's simple, basic; works for me. I've joined the Y and am doing exercises; simple, basic and oh yuh: it's what works for me. lol I wish you well, though you'll continue to be missed!

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NELLJONES 9/18/2012 8:57PM

    I can certainly understand how Spark's trackers would be too time consuming and confusing for someone with a life as chaotic as yours. Personally I just copy my meals from one day to the next for the points. I keep my real journal on paper, just as I have been doing since I lost weight on WW all these years ago. WW has the weight loss thing down pat, and for those of us who follow their plan (whichever WW plan we follow) then it's easiest to use their tools.

I signed up to follow your blog and look forward to your success as you live a difficult but rewarding life!

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SJACK06S 9/18/2012 8:50PM

  Congratulations on y succeses so far! You have many more ahead of you! I have been very successful with Weight Watchers as well. It's a simple yet effective program that teaches you how to eat healthy and manage your portion sizes without denying you your favorites.

Good luck!

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MARYJEANSL 9/18/2012 7:50PM

  Glad you're back in the game - I wish you all the best!

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MAGIK0731 9/18/2012 7:43PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Absent, but not idle

Monday, July 09, 2012

Although I have been absent from Sparkpeople for quite awhile now, I haven't thrown my healthy lifestyle out the window and I have been very busy! Sparkpeople is still my homepage when I get online, but my lifestyle has changed drastically since I took on the responsibility of caring for grandchildren over 3 months ago. I just found myself empathizing so much more with young mothers who claim they can't find the time to track, exercise, make themselves a priority etc; It really is much harder than I ever realized!

That being said, I am still quite pleased with maintaining my weight even though I HAVE NOT had any "dedicated" exercise. I rarely SIT DOWN and when I do it's not for long. There has been no gym time, and no walks (too pooped at the end of the day), and the beginning of the day is full of getting my 91 yr. old bedfast MIL awake, cleaned & fed.

Since I am homebound and can't be idle (not in my DNA), I decided it was a great time to redo my kitchen cabinets. It had been 12 years since I had painted them a deep burgandy. Prior to me painting them 12 years ago they were a deep country blue. Check this out: THE "BEFORE"

Prior to the country blue they were white. Needless to say, I knew going in that I was going to have to sand all this old paint off and begin over. I didn't know what I would find underneath all that paint - but I was pleasantly surprised! Can you see that beautiful woodgrain? Once I discovered that - I decided I wanted to clear coat or at least white wash I wouldn't lose the beautiful grain. Unfortunately, as I continued to sand - I discovered way to many imperfections in the old cabinets to do so. emoticon

My project began on Memorial weekend dedicated to my "spare time" LMBO! What's that?
Just watching the grandsons 4 days a week, I am working 40 hours a week. That doesn't count taking care of Granny or my house or the extra cabinet work! emoticon

Long story short - my DH helped me finish up. My goal was to be done by this past weekend because we are leaving town on Thursday for 5 days of respite. We finished Saturday. I was painting the last of the doors on the patio (it's covered) in the rain, while he put the hinges and knobs on and hung them. Here's a few more shots of the work in progress:

We are talking 24 doors & 3 drawers + all the framework. We primed two coats and painted one coat. Since I had no intention of changing the wallcoverings anytime soon - we chose the color based on that.

Here's the finished project: Our cabinets above our washer and dryer:

The sink side:

The stove side:

Our home is an old brick home with a very old kitchen. We didn't have the finances to hire anyone or do our dream renovation, so this old Galley kitchen became my DIY project: Here's a parting shot:

I haven't gotten an estimate of what it would have cost to hire someone to do it, but we spent around $400, not including our sander we used.

Now, it's off to my daughters on Thursday for some much needed downtime. We will be parked at her dining room table to scrapbook - no cooking, no cleaning while the hubbies chat, watch movies or whatever else strikes their fancy.

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 7/14/2012 3:34AM

  What a fantastic job! Do those sorts of projects come "naturally" to you? I'm not handily inclined so for me to do that sort of thing would mean first educating myself in what to do before I could do it! Very impressive! emoticon

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NELLJONES 7/10/2012 9:27AM

    Bitty, I did the same thing for the same reason: I wanted a nicer kitchen but didn't have the funds, and refused to go into debt. Stripping, sanding and repainting was a HUGE job so I know exactly what you went through, and aren't the results amazing? We have our own "dream kitchens" even though they'd never make it to HGTV.

And I'm with Sam: ever notice how the fattening of America coincides with the proliferation of gyms? I only have to go back one generation to see the hard work of just living life. Tracking "exercise" in a modern forum makes no sense when you are as physically active as you are.

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DEDE824 7/9/2012 10:55PM

    WOW! You make me tired just listening to what you did! And such a nice job!! Hope you enjoy your break. emoticon

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    Wow! Those turned out beautiful! Makes me want to go do mine now! I'd say that IS a HUGE workout right there- all of that scraping and painting!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/9/2012 9:31PM

    Lol!! emoticon emoticon ...It's NOT in my DNA either to be idle.
I can totally identify as a young mother of 4....keeps me on my toes...all the time!
emoticon on maintaining your weight loss. And emoticon to you BIG TIME for caring for your family day in and day out! Not easy for sure!

keep smiling and loving...God sees your heart and LOVES you! ~ Laura

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SAM60SUMTHINK 7/9/2012 9:29PM

    In addition to doing a great job and now having a lovely (!!) kitchen, you also had one incredible workout!! Very impressive!
And... you'll find that the work you did is in the exercise tracker.

Know why our ancesters didn't create gyms? They were busy doing the very sort of work you did!
Enjoy your lovely 'new' kitchen!! What a wonderful feeling of pride it must be!

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AVANELL 7/9/2012 9:27PM

    Wow! What a project to undertake with everything else you have on your plate! Beautiful job! Great exercise! And lots of $ saved! Way to go! Enjoy your trip; it's a well-deserved one! And be sure to rest while you're away!

God Bless!

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ABETTERSOUL 7/9/2012 8:07PM

    You did a great job...looks great! All that sanding counts as exercise!!!!

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RAINBOWMF 7/9/2012 8:01PM

    OH woo terrific love it
I remember how much I enjoyed the out come of these project's.

Enjoy you down time.


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GOLFLADY11 7/9/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon You must feel a lot of satisfaction over doing that by yourself - what a great job you did. I am visiting my daughter's and babysitting for a week and it is a lot of work! I agree you never really sit still. I still try and get in a walk every day though just to have some me time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/9/2012 7:29PM

    Oh, wow! We just got estimates to have our kitchen redone and it is big $$$$. You should be very, very proud of what you have accomplished -- both in the kitchen, caring for grandkids, AND maintaining your weight. So glad you posted this update. Keep on keeping on!!

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My son's

Monday, July 02, 2012

This is an awesome website that my son is the founder of. I thought you might like to check it out.!/ghostsofnorthdak

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NDTEACHER1 7/3/2012 11:45PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NELLJONES 7/3/2012 4:21PM

    Cool site!

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JUDYAMK 7/2/2012 10:11PM

    was just on his site awesome thanks for sharing will continue to go on his site

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JUDYAMK 7/2/2012 10:11PM

    was just on his site awesome thanks for sharing will continue to go on his site

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SLENDERELLA61 7/2/2012 3:29PM

    Thanks. I will. -Marsha

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If your heart is pure, He will honor the intent

Monday, May 14, 2012

If you read my blog from yesterday, you know that I have a new plan. Well, I'm here to praise God and thank the Lord, Jesus for the victory! My new plan requires me to get up when the alarm goes off at 5:45 am and get out for a walk by 6 am. I admit I was worried about my morning and really wasn't feeling confident that it would a happen this morning, BUT IT DID!
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I suffer with insomnia which often serves as a deterrent to getting out of bed in the morning when the alarm goes off, but I had a serious talk with the Lord before laying my head down. By 10:45 lights were out and I went promptly to sleep after having a serious talk with the Lord. He actually performed a miracle! I slept all night!! I didn't get up ONCE, not even ONCE, to go potty! That just doesn't happen! When that alarm went off, I could not believe that I had slept all night!! That was 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep! No way! That just doesn't happen ever for me!

I was prepared with my walking clothes and shoes by the bed and by 6:05 am was headed out the door. It was a beautiful and brisk morning in the park and I was the only one out that early. I really believe that the Lord sees our heart and He knows whether or not we are serious about our intentions. I walked a nice leisurely pace (19 min mile) and in 55 minutes had walked 2.9 miles. emoticon Returned home to awaken & feed Granny. The grandsons arrived and while Ethan was eating pancakes, I had me a nice cup of tea on my patio while enjoying my morning devotions. Kash was in his little "playpen" while I had my morning devotions.

Thank you, Jesus for blessing me with an awesome start to emoticon of my new plan.

I have a sweet potato and steamed broccoli planned for lunch. emoticon

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LAILA07 5/27/2012 6:14AM

    Enjoyed reading this blog. What a serene feeling it gave me. God bless you always!

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GOURMETLOSER 5/15/2012 3:22AM

    yayyyyyy! May you have a similar time tonight and tomorrow. Lets build on success!

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NDTEACHER1 5/14/2012 10:14PM

    I'm so happy you asked the Lord for help, he helped me out with this very same thing back in August. I have been getting up at 4:30 a.m. since then and walk the 5 miles with Leslie Sansone and then do another 1.5-2.0 miles or more. Today I missed my usual exercise because I too have trouble with sleep and didn't fall asleep until 1 a.m and knew I couldn't function on 3 1/2 hours of sleep so I stayed in bed until 6 a.m. Tomorrow I'll be back on track. Good luck and so happy for you.

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CANDOK1260 5/14/2012 2:28PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon i think this is a turing point for you.

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AVANELL 5/14/2012 1:45PM

    emoticon emoticonYou're off to a good start! And just think about how much better you feel. It always helps me to feel better when I am pro-active in controlling my health. Then I don't feel like I just have to take whatever the devil dishes out to me! Your talk with the Lord reminds me of that old song "Just a Little Talk With Jesus"!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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DEDE824 5/14/2012 1:34PM

And the neat thing is--You gave God the glory!!
Prayer is powerful when the heart is in tune with God.

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