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Heading out

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Well, Wednesday I will head out for St. Louis for a SHORT visit. I took the dogs to the sitter tonight and I didn't want to leave them in her van to go home with her any more than they wanted to get in there. They both know her well since they stayed with her after I had my surgery a few years ago and knew her before then, but they would rather stay with me. I already miss them being around me.

I am hoping that what I have gotten to take with to eat will be okay. I have some fruit and will maybe stop and get more of that on the way and back since it is easy to get at stores. And I have some all natural ham and turkey slices and yogurt, rolls and bread and low-fat mayonnaise and cheese. I am staying away from the veggies because I don't want my stomach acting up on the way or there.

Right now I am just frantically trying to finish getting things ready. My clothes are in the dryer and I am hoping that will get all the stuff off that the washer keeps leaving.

I need to remember to get out and walk around, at least, whenever I stop for a nap on the road. Luckily, after I get out of Colorado there are a lot of rest areas available.

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WANDAC2013 8/17/2009 5:12PM

    Take care of yourself and be careful on your trip, Darlene. Before you know it, you will be home with your doggies and have a wonderful reunion!!!! emoticon Wanda

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I can't stop

Monday, August 10, 2009

Eating, that is. I don't know if it is some stress from the upcoming trip or from driving friends last week. Yesterday I had all small things, but they added up and it was grazing all day. This morning I have had twice as much as usual because my breakfast just didn't take away the hunger.

I still have a bit to do before leaving for St. Louis. I didn't get too much done that I wanted to last week because of driving friends from Wednesday. Thursday I wound up almost to Nebraska taking a friend home. Friday was taken up driving home (I did start out a little late and made a stop at his sister's on the way home). I took my dogs with so that they would be able to get out to do their business during the two days. They were so good and didn't even bark overnight.

I am hoping I have time for some swimming today and tomorrow. It will be Friday before I can do any after that unless I splurge on a motel one night on the way. But there is a pool at the motel in St. Louis, so I might be able to get in 3 days there.


Back to the pool

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I finally made it back to the pool today. I have been doing things like helping clean up a place at church to lock up supplies and moving stuff here at home. It was great to get back in the pool, do my shoulder exercises and get to swimming again.

I did get one thing that was frustrating. I was told that swimming won't help you lose weight. It is a great exercise and builds muscle, but doesn't help lose weight. Here I thought I was doing a good thing toward losing weight by swimming. I have trouble with walking because of my hips. I am not sure what other exercises I can do for weight loss. I do try to get to the weight room some, but don't get there as often as the pool. I can just do more in the pool.

After the pool I went and watched some square dancing for a while. I am wondering if I can borrow a friend for a partner and try that again. That might help with the weight loss, too.

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WANDAC2013 7/19/2009 12:26AM

    To the contrary, swimming can help you lose weight. Any time you are moving, you are burning calories. Any exercises you do in the pool give the added benefit of the resistance given by the water rather than just air. So, go on with your exercising in the pool! And if you can do some squaredancing, too, that's all the better. By the way, I would love to know who told you that exercising in the pool will not help with weight loss---he/she is wrong and needs to be set straight! Hang in there, sweetie, it will all work out----and don't listen to naysayers! emoticon emoticon

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ALMMOM 7/18/2009 12:28AM

    Really? I never heard that before. Maybe there are some experts with SP that could answer that one for you. I heard that swimming was one of the best exercises.

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Aunt Edna's Gone

Monday, July 13, 2009

My inspiration for trying again to lose weight is gone. A big celebration was planned for her 100th birthday next month. Saturday, my cousin called to tell me she had passed away that morning. I had just talked to her the week before and was looking forward to seeing her one more time. She was the one relative on that side of the family who always saw me as a normal human being and not a failure, the black sheep, or some retarded, slow brained outcast. Now I don't have my parents or my aunt to talk to anymore. They have decided that her party will go on, but as a memorial and celebration of her life. I might or might not go. She is the only one who would have wanted to see me there, but I know that she would have.

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WANDAC2013 7/14/2009 5:28PM

    First off, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You wrote about my blog being like your life and that you hope to be as strong as me. Oh sweetie, God bless you. I wish I had words to fix things for you because you have so touched my heart. But all of the words that I or anyone else can say will not change what is in your mind. I know this from experience. Thank God for your Aunt Edna and all the positives she gave you. Remember her and honor her by accepting that all the encouragement, love, and acceptance she gave you was for a reason. That reason being that you deserve it. Now she is no longer here to give you those is your duty to do it for yourself. It can and will become habit. I believe in you. You can believe in yourself, too. emoticon emoticon

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TXSPLA 7/13/2009 10:47PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dear Aunt Edna is looking down on you and still cheering you on. I know it will be difficult if you go, but if you do, go with your head held high and celebrate her life.
You are in my prayers.
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MOM2ACAT 7/13/2009 6:44PM

    emoticon Even though she is in Heaven now, your aunt is still in your corner, and cheering you on! Please don't give up, I know Aunt Edna would want you to keep on trying.

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ALMMOM 7/13/2009 12:34PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. It is hard when a key person who is such a good influence on you passes on. You have the memories.

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MMEQUEEN 7/13/2009 12:22PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. She is with you in spirit. I hope you do go to celebrate her life, but I understand if it is difficult.


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Today was a better day

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I didn't try weighing in, so I doubt that there was any improvement there, but I had a fun time at the pool today. I met the therapist there to get reminded of the exercises for my shoulder problem, which turned out to be considered strength exercises. You use the floats and the water to react like weights, only you do them the opposite direction as weights.

After Matt left, a lady came in and asked if she could have a ball. They brought in a big beach ball and we batted that around for the next hour. I wasn't quite sure how to put it in the fitness page, but I know that I ended up working more doing that than all the swimming across the pool I have been doing. The lifeguard joined us in the ball playing. That was such a fun way to get in an hour of exercise.


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