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Afternoon Siestas

Monday, June 25, 2012

Record setting heat here in Colorado. That equals getting chores done in early hours while it'sstill relatively cool and siestas in the afternoon. Today I'll really need one. I'm moving the ice box out of it's nook and painting the area. I've also got more work to do on the back yard area. That and a little strength training. emoticon

  
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SOHLT4ME 6/26/2012 10:42AM

    And after you move the ice-box back into place, open the door and stand in the cool!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/26/2012 7:53AM

    Hope you got your chores done in time to enjoy that siesta! emoticon emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/25/2012 10:31PM

    our neighbor is leaving this saturday for a town just north of Denver .... told them to watch the weather .... you be careful up there ... we siesta whenever we want .... tee hee .... Roc
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CATHYGETSFIT 6/25/2012 2:38PM

    There's nothing wrong with taking an afternoon siesta! Good luck getting the ice box moved and getting that area painted.

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VANBSJ 6/25/2012 2:03PM

    Good luck getting everything done today. Stay cool and hydrated!

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DAISY443 6/25/2012 1:38PM

    Take care!

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NOLACHERIE 6/25/2012 11:08AM

    This emoticon then that emoticon. Stay cool, my friend! emoticon

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TABBYARTS 6/25/2012 11:06AM

    Siestas are important coping mechanisms for the heat!

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KITT52 6/25/2012 9:37AM

    I'm doing my outside stuff early and the inside stuff later, thank goodness for A/C

Have a cool day

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/25/2012 8:37AM

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A BUSY DAT TRY TO KEEP COOL AS YOU CAN

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CMKARLS 6/25/2012 7:58AM

  Stay well hydrated too. Good luck.

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It's Here! Summer 5% Challenge!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 1 of 56

This season I was put on the Firecracker Team. Is that an inspiring name or what? emoticon It's already an active team as we have had pre-challenge challenges and got to prepare our minds and agendas for the coming weeks.


This week will be unique. I'll do my best . After all, life throws circumstances at us. First off, we're hitting 106 outside in the non-existant shade. It's difficult for me to eat when I'm hot, so I started my day off in the usual way at 4 am with a hearty, protien rich breakfast. I have lots of fruit to snack on. It goes without saying I'll be staying hydrated as always.

Secondly, I'll be having medical procedures done later in the week so will be fasting, yet again, to prep for it. My scale reading may be a little off, but that's ok. The point of all challenges is to spur us on, reinforce the good habits we've ingrained, and enjoy life along the way.

I'll update my numbers on my S-page. I'm going to thank all of you in advance for cheering me on! You all help me stay on track!

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NYKIMMIE 6/24/2012 5:09PM

    You can do it!

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VANBSJ 6/23/2012 10:30PM

    All the Firecrackers are right with you! The great part is that it's an 8-week challenge and not just 1 week. So, I hope all goes well this week, and we'll just keep pushing on after that!

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CANDOK1260 6/23/2012 10:12PM

    well i will br here emoticonyou and hopr your medical procedur go well

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/23/2012 8:50PM

    you go girl !! Roc
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GETTINGFIT4HIM 6/23/2012 5:39PM

  You have a great mindset and that is key. Way to go in planning ahead for life's adventures that don't always go according to what we'd like them to. emoticon

(I'm a Firecracker, too!) emoticon

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GOPINTOS 6/23/2012 5:07PM

    Best of luck!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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DAISY443 6/23/2012 4:27PM

    Good luck!

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SUZHOLLE 6/23/2012 2:49PM

    Hope you have a great start to the summer challenge! Good luck on the Firecrackers, we'll miss you on the Daisies!


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FUNGIRL81005 6/23/2012 2:17PM

    You can do it!!! emoticon emoticon

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/23/2012 2:06PM

    Best of luck to you during the 5% Challenge! Sounds like a difficult week - hope it gets cooler soon and your procedures go well. And Go Cats! Lol. emoticon

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Self Pep Talk

Monday, June 18, 2012

Todays "Daily Challenge Team" offered this challenge: Name 5 great things about yourself and write 3 positive goals to accomplish by the end of the year. The goals are to be specific. Hence, this blog.

GREATS:

1. Caring. I am emphthetic to folk's situations. I do what I can to help.

2. I listen. While I still need to listen harder, I do listen. People don't always want advice. They need to talk and be heard.

3. A good cook. Thanks to hubby allowing me to experiment with spices, etc., and his humor if something comes out a total flop, I aquired the confidence to be creative in the kitchen. Most things now come out flavorful and are worth making again. My food is also nutricious 99% of the time and and least lightened up the other 1%.

4. Consistent with diet and exercise. This has taken some time for all those baby steps to change to toddler steps and now walking. I am to the point that I can do what needs to be done without the proverbial checklist. That goes for tracking, too, for the most part, though I still and will probably always do it. The vacation I'm on has been the test and except for circumstances beyond my control I passed!

5. Spiritually I am growing. That is a process. My sprituality is one of the things that makes me strong when I need to be. I've come a long way on my walk with the Lord.

3 THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2012

1. Basic Sign Language (ASL). I didn't realize how much I had lost by not practicing. I will get into the groups or classes needed to be able to communicate again. Everyone has a dream in their heart and that has always been mine. Now is the time!

2. Goal weight. With just under 6 months left of 2012 I can accomplish this following my program. With each season I will focus on a new activity. This summer, water aerobics. Fall, probably dry cross-country skiing. It's a little early to decide on that one.

3. My parlor and kitchen will be re-done. I'm starting in the parlor with having the walls and ceiling painted and new flooring laid. Then a wall of the kitchen will be coming out to make room for a new a broom closet and enclosure for the ice box.

  
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KITT52 6/20/2012 9:06AM

    same here I use to be good with my signing but since I don't use it any more most has been forgotten...

good goals

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SWANATOPIA 6/20/2012 7:52AM

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ASHAIXIM 6/20/2012 1:00AM

    Awesome!!! I really need to sit down tomorrow and list those things out too!!

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CANDOK1260 6/19/2012 5:29PM

    great blog and you are wonderfull

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REBECCAMA 6/19/2012 8:11AM

  Love the title of your blog. My daughter is in kindergarten and has been learning about "self talk" this year. It's a good lesson for all of us. YOU can do it!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/19/2012 5:55AM

    Great idea for a blog. Good luck with your goals! emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 6/19/2012 12:16AM

    emoticonLove the blog...Got me thinking......Going to make me a list too!!

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BARBIE176 6/18/2012 9:41PM

    emoticon blog my friend. You can achieve each of your goals if you stay focused, and you have a wonderful list of greats. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 6/18/2012 5:30PM

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/18/2012 12:17PM

    I'm with you .... well, maybe except for the cooking part .... eating DH's food is what got me to this "stage" .... and I just got finished "scorching" one side of the chicken breasts -- case in point !! LOL ... oh well, I try !! You will get this done I know .... I'm slowing reaching my short term goals which is what I think I needed so far as the pounds are concerned .......... you keep on being strong my friend .... Roc
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Welcome New Week!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's off to a great start! I even enjoyed a small bowl of swiss chocolate gelato with dgd this afternoon without straying out of range!

  
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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/18/2012 7:35AM

    Excellent! Eating yummy foods in moderation is key! Hope the rest of your week is awesome too! emoticon

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Avoiding a Plateau

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My sil asked dd how many times we ate out over our 5 day mini-trip to dgds graduation. Until she started listing them, I didn't realize just how many times we either ate out then had the sodium laden treats as a second meal. Those foods I wasn't able to track so somehow I turned off my radar to them.

I also had my radar off at the fast-food that was brought into the house. Chicken sandwiches from the local takeout and large slices of pizza. Then there was the party food. Ok, I only had a couple of chips and a diet soda and lots of water, so who's counting? For the first time in a very long time I ate the whole slice of cake that was handed to me. No guilt. It was delicious.

There was a send-off lunch for dd and I before we flew back to San Diego. I've missed my southern food so I did it up. Corn pone, bbq portk, fried okra and fried apples. Afterall, when will I get to be back in the south again? Besides, I reasoned, it was going to be a very long rest of the day.

Once on the flight back to San Diego I was hungry. I didn't understand. I mean hungry for a meal hungry even after that huge lunch. The trail mix, fiber bar and fruit dd and I packed didn't satisfy. I looked down to see very swollen ankles. I always swell when I travel so the lightbulb still hadn't gone on.

It was sil's simple question that turned the light on. How many times did you eat out?

I've been staying in range while at dd's house, and getting plenty of exercise in. I'm not going to kick myself at that 5 day time bubble. I'm going to remember how lathargic I was feeling and how bloated I got. The way I look at it, my body got a jolt so I'll probably, hopefully avoid a plateau.

  
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KATI5668 6/15/2012 9:22PM

    Live & learn...isn't that what it is all about!!

you had a nice visit..enjoyed your meals & had great company with them..

Now back to the real world...

your attitude is great!!

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RFJSJ50 6/15/2012 3:07PM

    Just look upon this experience as a time of learning - and it will help get you through the next.
Sheila

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/15/2012 6:06AM

    Sounds like you learned about how yucky those off plan foods can make you feel! Now you're right back on track, so no major damage done!! emoticon

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NOCALORIES 6/14/2012 11:19PM

    Life is a challenge and look at the blessings that are yours because you are a member of Sparkpeople and realize what you need to do to get back on track and start moving forward in the way you desire to move. Thank you for your honesty in willingness to share your steps backward, but realize tomorrow is a new day and the opportunity for taking steps forward to achieve your wishes is here now.

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XRSIZE18 6/14/2012 4:05PM

    Ugh, I hate when I get asked this question because I KNOW it's terrible how many times I eat out. But then I remember that it's waaaaaaaaaaay less than I used to. That old saying... I'm not where I could be but thank heavens I'm nowhere near where I was.

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/14/2012 2:17PM

    keep on exercising ... you'll be fine .... we have to be able to get out and about ... we sure have learned a lot haven't we??? enjoy yourself .... Roc
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CATHYGETSFIT 6/14/2012 12:10PM

    Well at least you realize what happened now and are realizing how your body is reacting to what you ate. There's no use in beating yourself up over what's already been done. Good for you for getting back on track!

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DAISY443 6/14/2012 12:07PM

    Hey, you accept what happened and you are getting back on track! That is the name of the game! Great job!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/14/2012 10:03AM

    I think you did GREAT! You are tuned in to what is good for your body, and you're acting accordingly! Can't get much better than that! emoticon

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