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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Monday, June 27, 2011

The nicest tiny sign of progress I've noticed, yesterday and today, is that I used to have to get out of the car, then bend down and press the trunk release/fuel door, on the floor. However, it is with great joy that I now can be seated and lean down and still be able to reach the release, over my bulk, and reach it without getting out of the car first.

I can't tell you how I now RELISH leaning down and being able to reach the floor to press the release, WHILE STILL SEATED IN THE CAR.

Tiny, but progress nonetheless, and a very real shot in the arm.

Another Non-scale victory: Last year's summer clothes are starting to fit looser this year. Sometimes the neck opening is now so large in certain things, I have to be careful the opening doesn't slide too far over and display my bra strap on my shoulder.

I see lots of tailoring and taking in, in my future. Good thing I know how to do that. Shoulder pleats now, and later on, darts in the midsection, and bodice inserts for cleavage shields / cleavage coverups.

What a nice problem to have.

Since my scale is packed I have no idea what I weigh, though I was 270 last time I weighed. Which was about 2.5 weeks ago. I need to move my tracker to 270 since I'm pretty sure the 270 stuck, if clothes are any judge of things.

Signs of progress are such a great shot in the arm, really REALLY helpful on The Journey.

However, I cannot kid myself: I am morbidly obese, probably with the same BMI or close to it that I had on Jan 1st of this year. And, HELLO, it is now 6 MONTHS LATER.


I am going walking tomorrow morning early. BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE.

I have my friend who is the Goodwill Bargain Queen, looking out for a pocket radio for me because I found out listening REALLY helps me do the walking, it is astonishing how well that works for me, I would not have believed it. I have a headset already. I know to leave one earbud out for safety & security. Just need the radio part. She loves Goodwill and has a real talent for it, a real gift; I can never find anything there and don't go back unless I happen to be with her, to me it's just a huge waste of time. I canNOT believe the wonderful things she finds there. Goodwill is her gift, I'm telling you, she's really good. I'm the Coupon Queen. She's the Goodwill Queen.

I checked Kmart and Walmart for pocket or waistband radios, Walmart = zero available (why am I not surprised), and, Kmart yes $15; Kmart actually had a Sony Walkman!, that looks like the 80's. I'm not spending that money.

I would like to have a non-skip CD player combined WITH a radio, but, I'll take whatever floats to the top at Goodwill.

So tomorrow morning I AM walking and will do prayer walking, deep breathing, and bursts of speed walking. My goal is 3,000 steps tomorrow morning BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. I will do 1,500 steps and then turn around and come back home. I'm doing it FIRST THING in the morning before the stresses and demands of the day take over.

Also job hunting all day tomorrow. Also cooking tomorrow while roomates are gone - I'm logging the time spent in the kitchen away from job hunting, and will make up that time at night. Though last week my butt got sore from sitting down job hunting too long, so, kitchen duty will be a positive thing especially used as a break. I have a timer at my desk, every 45 mins I will get up and go do something in the kitchen.

Tomorrow night I'm traveling far away to ministorage in a different city, to get some work done there, purging and organizing the stuff from this month's move.

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JENNY712 6/28/2011 12:53PM

    emoticon emoticonfor sharing! I to am morbidly obese! It is taking longer to lose than I had hoped. We must never give up but keep on going. One day at a time. Let's just enjoy the journey to good health! May the Lord bless you! Jenny emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/27/2011 5:49PM

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I think we as a society put too much emphasis on numbers - our scale, our age, our clothing size. . .
It's what's above the neck that counts! I'm just as happy to lose inches and feel clothing becoming looser, and you are experiencing that emoticon!
Good luck with your walking. I just went out last week and bought a pedometer. It helps keep me motivated. I have yet to hit 10,000 steps though - it's amazing how much walking you need to do to reach that number!

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APRILWALKING 6/27/2011 11:07AM

    WooHoo! Awesome on the NSV!!!! That is a fantastic feeling!

You have some great goals, you can do it!!! :-)

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/27/2011 6:06AM

    Isn't progress encouraging? So proud of you! I love non-scale victories. I have some clothes I need to take in too, seems I just don't get it done. I wore something to a family gathering over the weekend and my sister, who says it just the way it is, said, "That makes you look so much bigger than you really are." Okay, time to enjoy the victories that have been hard won! I must open up the sewing machine very soon.
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MARTHA503 6/27/2011 1:22AM

    sounds like you're finding your rythm and things are falling in place.

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GONEWLIFE 6/27/2011 12:43AM

    Good luck and keep up the hard work !

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Inheriting God's Kingdom

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include:

- sexual immorality,
- moral corruption,
- doing whatever feels good,
- idolatry,
- drug use, and
- casting spells,
- hate,
- fighting,
- obsession,
- losing your temper,
- competitive opposition,
- conflict,
- selfishness,
- group rivalry,
- jealousy,
- drunkenness,
- partying,

and other things like that.

I warn you as I have already warned you, that those who do these kinds of things won’t inherit God’s kingdom. --Galatians 5:19-21

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Bible in 90 Days: New Group Starting in July

Friday, June 24, 2011

Click on the link for more info.

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ALMOST_HEAVEN 7/3/2011 10:41PM

    Yes, I just completed the form! =)

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    Great, I hope you signed up?

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ALMOST_HEAVEN 6/27/2011 8:41PM

    I would like to participate! =)

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    Click on the link that is given.

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SUNNY112358 6/25/2011 12:45AM

    intriguing title but no content to this blog post--are you going to add a schedule? I started a Bible-in-one-year but it fell by the wayside in February--with your encouragement I'll try to catch up

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NELLIEC 6/24/2011 7:13PM

    That certainly sounds like an intense course to accomplish in 90 days,

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Distilled Water

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After doing the research & listening to sources I regard highly, I've decided to go with distilled water. This is a reversal of my previous opinion, after reading rebuttals to the naysayers who are against distilled water.

I needed something inexpensive, and something that I can do in an apt.

Since I moved last week, I've been drinking tap water. It is so awful, and so much more worse than I remember. Probably because I've learned so much while on SparkPeople . . .

Kmart, Walmart, and Lowes do not carry water distillers. So I looked online and was shocked at the price of countertop 1 gallon distillers (small). No way can I afford that.

So I searched on You Tube for homemade distillers. I think I could rig one with a teakettle or my large stock pot that has a steam vent in the lid. Others rig them from pressure cookers and similar.

My laugh of the day was finding out what people on You Tube are REALLY using them for - alcohol and home brews! Kind of like when I learned how to plant seedlings under lights, and learned alot of people grow marijuana that way. No alcohol or MaryJane for me, thanks; I really DO want to make JUST distilled water at home.

I am going to bid on a couple on eBay. I will look for non-BPA tubing or glass tubing, and give the stove top method a whirl. I do have a carbon filter (Brita, PUR) to filter the distilled through when it's done, and I do take enough minerals already.

Meanwhile I am dehydrated from avoidance of tap water since I moved. I am a big water drinker. So I will buy a few gallons of distilled to get me through.

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PJGABRIEL 6/23/2011 12:27PM

    I use the Zero Filter and really like the water from that, also looked in to distillers several months ago and was shocked at how much they cost. Good Luck.

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OOLALA53 6/23/2011 9:21AM

    Haven't looked at all you blogs, so you may have said where you are. Is there possibly a service that supplies a good-quality water filter for a monthly rental fee? I've been using one in San Diego for 20 years. I have to pay for a new inner filter every 2 years ($25), and now $11 a month. The company switches out my model periodically and each model has been top of the line--worth $600 or more! $133 a year seems like a bargain for all the drinking, food-washing, and cooking water I need. emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/23/2011 8:11AM

    I hope you can do it.

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MARTHA503 6/22/2011 6:33PM

    Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for the things I take for granted like clean sweet tap water and a city that has its own power plant (no power failures here) and no rolling power blackouts. THanks for sharing your info.

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Free National Parks Entrance Days

Saturday, June 18, 2011

There are almost 400 National Parks that are always free. For the other National Parks, (more than a 100 of them that do charge fees), there are several days a year you can get in free. Here are the remaining FREE days for 2011.

•June 21
(First day of summer)
•September 24
(Public Lands Day)
•November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/19/2011 12:31AM

    Great information to have. Thank you for sharing. Sandy

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MARTHA503 6/18/2011 10:09PM

    Thank you Carol!

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THISYEARSMODEL 6/18/2011 11:57AM

    Thank you for posting that!!! emoticon

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