Friday, November 05, 2010
Bill and I married on June 2, 2008. Before that, I had gotten my OR driver's license back in April 2007. Finally, today, I made it to the DMV to get my license changed to my married name LOL
Last time I went, within 6 weeks of getting married, I was told I had to have my birth certificate, to show who I used to be. I didn't have one on me, so I had to go home and get one.
I went back to the DMV, and this time, they said I had to have my old marriage certificate to show how I went from Gibson to Fritz, before changing to Bailey.
Really? Y'all issued me the DL with the name Fritz on it, and now I have to show you how I became a Fritz?
I became frustrated, and while I ordered the stinkin' defunct marriage certificate, I couldn't be bothered to go back to the DMV. Social Security accepted my name change, work accepted my name change, I just live a double-life as a Fritz and a Bailey.
Today, I decided I needed to finally take care of the name change s'far as Oregon was concerned, and I had all my certificates, I was prepared to go into battle and duke it out with the DMV. I was sincerely worried they'd say I had to get a copy of my divorce decree - I'd lost the original (along with EVERYTHING else but our clothes) in a flood in Ohio in 2004, and never gotten a replacement.
I walked in, picked up the appropriate form, took a number, and moved to a table to sit down to fill out the form. I took a Shape magazine with me for passing the time, and before I could even put my things down, one of the ladies at the front desk called my number. I twitched, and shamefacedly admitted I hadn't even filled out the form yet, figuring she'd tell me I'd have wait.
Nope, come on up, it's fine, she said.
WooHoo! That was the speediest, best experience I've EVER had at the DMV LOL. It took me longer to drive to the office and back than it did for the entire process. The lady even told me she didn't need my defunct marriage certificate. I wasn't about to argue.
Here, for all to see, if a scan of my old DL, from April 2007, and the pic from today. I'm quite pleased with it, if I say so myself!
I should have the permanent real DL in a month or less.
Now, how should I fill the rest of my day? C25K W4D1? Another turn on the elliptical? How about some wandering around at the Holiday Gift Fair? How about all of them? I have more time on my hands than I expected LOL
Have a Spark-tacular day my wonderful SparkFriends!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I hope this isn't violating any SP rules or regulations.
Bells will be ringing this holiday season as thousands of runners and walkers hit the nationís pavements, pathways and park this winter to fight arthritis, the nationís most common cause of disability.
I will be one of those people, tying jingle bells to my shoelaces to participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, a 5K fun run/walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. And YOU can help, too!
'Tis the season for giving! Won't you sponsor me in my effort to raise funds to fight arthritis? Arthritis affects more than 46 million Americans, including 300,000 children, costing the U.S economy over $128 billion annually. The Arthritis Foundation needs our help.
Please visit my Web page to join my team or make a secure, online contribution to help me reach my fundraising goal. The donations I raise will help fund the Arthritis Foundationís mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
No really, it is.
I'm turning 43 next Monday.
My 6 month Sparkversary is this week.
I stepped on the scale this moring (yes, I'm a daily weigher) and it read 235.4.
That means that by my birthday, 6 months into this journey, I'll have lost 50 lbs.
I know, ANYTHING can happen between now and next Monday - like gaining 10 lbs suddenly, but I'm NOT going to let that happen. I WILL be under 235 by then.
I'm involved in three different holiday challenges - one for Fierce Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warriors, one for 40-somethings w/ 50-99 lbs to lose, and one 10 lbs in 10 weeks holiday challenge.
I'm on track for each of them. Actually, for FF&USW, I'm ahead of schedule. Yay! These challenges are really going to help me stay on track, because.....
I wasn't going to say anything about it, but I realized to be successful, and to be accountable, I need to put it out there.
My last cigarette was yesterday.
I've smoked for... decades. Bill and I have tried to quit, together, about three times in the last year. I think my longest stretch was 3-4 weeks, and then I caved like a big ole sniveling baby.
Not this time. This time, it's different. This time, it's not about the money. It's not about anything but wanting to fully commit, all the way, to being healthier and stronger.
We've talked about it, we've sort of planned for it - I started cutting back on the amount I smoked even more. Used to be ~15 smokes a day, give or take. I dropped back down to ~7 for several weeks. Then, yesterday, that was it. My quit day.
We have the patch, and we'll see how that goes. Yes, Bill is quitting with me. Actually, he told me yesterday that we weren't going to buy any more smokes. That was BEFORE I told him that I'd had my last smoke, and put on a patch. I was going to wait and tell him when I got home that I'd started, but he beat me to the punch.
Was I cranky yesterday?
Uh-huh. I realized I was snappy, and I apologized to him about it.
It'll get better. It's fine at work, because I'm busy, and while I am getting up and walking away at my normal smoke break time, I'm simply getting outside for fresh air and a chance to stretch.
Did I expect to be able to breathe better during successfully completing C25K W3D2 last night?
I know, I know, it's going to take some time for my system to clean out the toxins/poisins/damage from my lungs.
Patience, grasshopper. It will come.
Ok, so that's not a grasshopper, but it IS green, and it DOES hop!
You all have had some great October recap/November goals blogs, and I've enjoyed reading them, and will catch up with more, soon.
For me, October pretty much rocked because I broke through my hovering at 245 and cruised on in to the 230s. I was a slacker more often than not when it came to Strength Training. I struggled getting into Week 3 of C25K, and I'm now behind on the schedule. That's alright, though. I'm still working it, I'm still determined, and I'm still going to run the 5K on Dec. 5. Well, walk and run.
So, besides celebrating a birthday, 6 months of Spark, losing 50 lbs, and quitting smoking, what else am I going to do?
Spark On. And On. And On.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The Man. The Myth. The Legend!
My very own Mr. Bill!
Yea, it's not like I talked him into joining SP or setting up a Spark page simply so we can add his fitness minutes to Portland's quest to overcome Seattle in the Spark America Fitness Challenge or anything. Ahem.
Have any of your spouses taken an active interest in SparkPeople?
Yep, this is the man who has been doing all our cooking lately, and quite well I might add. Last week, we had several SP recipes on our menu, and there wasn't a bad one in the bunch!
We started off with New Orleans Red Beans
While it's a vegetarian dish, we added a few roasted red pepper and spinach chicken sausages, and served it over rice. Talk about YUM!
Next was the Slow Cooker Chicken and Hominy Chili
We were a little skeptical - chili, after all, is RED, and this wasn't. Let me tell you though, it packed a punch with the spicy zippy taste of the jalepenos and cumin. So so good!
We rounded out the week with Turkey and Black Bean Sloppy Joes
This one needs a few tweaks, but overall, it's really good and tasty. People at work the next day were coming by and sniffing my lunch and asking where I'd gotten it LOL
Each recipe made enough servings that I could take some for lunch the next day. That's always a bonus. We even froze a few bowls of the red beans to have something delish and quick if we needed a lunch in the middle of a busy weekend. It's perfect.
Speaking of eating.. we have our grocery list and menu all planned out and printed this morning. I admit I'm lollygagging about and being slow to get up and get moving, but then.. isn't that what Sundays are for?
I have a few more blogs buzzing around in my noggin today that I hope I can get out soon. Until then, Spark on my peoples!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This blog may (may? It's me, of course it DOES) contain TMI. Consider this your final warning.
So Monday evening, when I updated my status with " C25K W3D1 - Fail. Will have to nail it on Wednesday. Grrrr." I was pretty discouraged, and y'all came through for me with such encouragement and truths, and I really Really appreciate it!
Part of the problem started on Sunday. My backfield ~ahem.. a.k.a. booty..~ stopped being productive on Sunday evening. Just stopped. Food going in, nothing coming out. I was an uncomfy camper, but figured it would pass - literally and figuratively!
With no sign of relief on Monday, and an aching right shoulder, I went ahead and tried to do an easy 20 min. of yoga before trying W3D1. I should have listened to my body during the yoga. It didn't go well. My shoulder prevented me from doing the simplest things like downward facing dog or even a catback. It was just not good. I stubbornly kept going though, and climbed on the treadmill, mostly miserable, and tried to run.
It was a disaster. My shoulder hurt even more, and my back starting seizing up. It hurt, but I kept trying to power through it, until I simply couldn't anymore. I was gasping for air, my feet were dragging, it all was just bad. I opted to abort my mission before I caught a foot on the tread and Really hurt myself.
I was dejected, posted my status update, and tried to stretch and unwind the rest of the evening. When I went to bed Monday night, I favored my right side. I usually sleep on my right side, half on my tummy, my right leg straight out and my left leg hitched up. Instead, I ended up staying completely on my side, and staying in one place. I could hardly sleep though, because my back was getting worse, and so was my shoulder.
At one point, I got up to take some pain reliever to see if that would help. Well, I managed to roll myself out of bed, and nearly let out a shriek of pain. I couldn't stand up, I could sit back down on the bed, I was hunched over and miserable. I hobbled my way to the kitchen and back, pain reliever gulped down. I tried to potty on the way, and found myself nearly toppling over from the pain of trying to take a seat on the potty. Good grief.
I crawled back into bed, and tried to find a comfortable position, but it was too late. My back was too jacked up and every move brought a whimper, squeak or squeal of pain. Eventually I dozed off, but by the time the alarm went off, I was no better off. I actually called off (emailed off? Thank goodness for Crackberries) which I rarely do.
I spent at least an hour on the floor, stretched out, trying everything I could think of to ease my pain. Slowly, surely, the pain subsided, and I felt like I could move with relative ease again. I took it easy though, the rest of the day, until I opted for a nap in the afternoon, to make up for a bad night's sleep.
I slept the same way, on my right side, without really moving. When I woke, I was stricken with the same back pain. Is it the bed? What the heck? So more stretching and slow movements until I'm loosened up enough to be able to move about without looking like the Wicked Witch in the Snow White cartoon!
Through all this, my backfield has been silent. Not one movement, shall we say. Nada. Since Sunday. Yea, that added to the misery, to be sure.
By Tuesday night, I was able to get into bed and find a comfortable position, not quite exactly the way I'm used to sleeping, but my back and shoulder had stopped hurting, so I slept relatively well. I went back to work on Wednesday and made it through the day alright. No pain, a little stiffness, but generally ok.
I opted to sit Wednesday evening's fitness activities out. I should have tried W3D1 again, but didn't want to risk that being the impetus for my pain and going through all that again. Again, I slept well, better at least, but still nothing from the backfield.
This is just nuts!
Let me say here, we've had a great nutrition week. Spark People recipes each evening, all very tasty and healthy. Nothing that would stop the normal functioning of the backfield. It was all just too odd.
This morning. Ah Thursday, and relief! I won't get graphic, but suffice to say, my backfield was in motion again, and all was right with my world. The last vestiges of back pain was Gone! No achy shoulder, no twinges of "don't move that way", no stiffness, nothing. I felt so good, I came home this evening, and promptly ran W2D3. Yea, it's a step back, but I knew I needed a success under my belt before tackling what had defeated me already this week. I'll get it done, W3D1, just a little later than I originally thought.
So.. if you've made it through this far LOL I have a few questions to pose.
Has anyone else noticed back pain increasing rather than decreasing as you've lost weight?
Has anyone ever experienced such back pain possibly related to your own backfield refusing to move?
What in the world about running could cause my shoulders to ache? My left shoulder this evening was achy after my run, and I'm just baffled as to what I'm doing that might cause it. Any ideas or suggestions?
Finally, my thanks, again, to AnneSylvia, CookWithMe65, and NuttySnoopyFan!
You ladies came through with comments and advice today when I got skittish about having so much chocolate, easily accessible, at work. I truly appreciate it!
That's it for me tonight kids. That's more than enough I'd think LOL We're looking at a busy weekend, but I'm hoping I'll be able to report back about our yummy SP recipes from the week at some point. Check out my shared nutrition tracker if you're curious. There wasn't one bad dish in the bunch.
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