Sunday, September 08, 2013
I am still blogging at dancingthruyears.com 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.
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.
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 them...so 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.
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!
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.
Monday, July 02, 2012
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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!
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. 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 of my new plan.
I have a sweet potato and steamed broccoli planned for lunch.
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