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Lots of steps, a little progress

Friday, June 01, 2012

I've managed t keep up pretty well on my walking and other exercise lately. Yesterday I worked on hula hoop for awhile and did a bunch of squats while watching a health program. Then I walked out the door to handle some errands in the area. I logged over 15,000 steps while getting quite a bit accomplished along the way. It will be hotter today and I'm scheduled to walk with a friend on the river parkway by her house. She has cancelled nearly every time we've scheduled this so I am really hoping she will walk with me today. I many not have yet lost all the weight i'd like to have, but I know that SP had helped me lose some weight and definitely has inspired me to move more. Thanks SP friends! Have a great June!

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MEADSBAY 6/1/2012 4:22PM

    We can only do our best, right?

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REDHATSHAPELY1 6/1/2012 6:42AM

    Keep up the good work! You are on the right track. Don't you love SP? emoticon

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SWTHRT4UDRLNG4 6/1/2012 6:29AM

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Walk, walk and walk again...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Yesterday, I logged nearly 15,000 steps at our air show. I was pleasantly surprised I could do that since I had walked quite a bit the day before, too. So, I was even more gratified when I walked with my dh today. I never walk so many days in a row due to struggles with ms. Now, i'm almost ready to believe I've turned a corner and can continue upping the challenges. Can't wait to see what I can do tomorrow! Have a great week everyone! emoticon

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VOLARI52 5/30/2012 6:55PM

    That's quite an accomplishment! Way to go Barb! Wish I could get some encouragement to do more walking I always seem to put it off.


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MJ7DM33 5/29/2012 8:57PM

  Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/28/2012 9:31PM

Hope you are able to keep it up!

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JEANETTECURRY 5/28/2012 7:07PM

    Keep it up! God will give you the strength you need!

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DH Says, "Lose Weight!"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ouch! For years I've complained about weight struggles. I've yoyo dieted most of my life. Today, I lamented once again that I need someone to hold me accountable as I do a lousy job of it on my own or in print. My doctor is no help. He needs to lose a few pounds, too, and always tells me my weight is o.k. After telling my DH that I think I need to find a skinny doctor so perhaps he or she would 'bug' me about my weight, his reply floored me. For the first time ever he told me I should lose weight. He's concerned that I could have a heart attack if I don't get it under control. In the past he's always told me I looked good no matter what my weight. So, I know he is concerned. I'm not even all that close to my highest weight at this point, but for whatever reason today was the day for him to finally say something about me needing to lose this girth. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I wonder how I will feel if he actually says more in the days, weeks, months and years to come. I hope I can take his criticism as the encouragement I know he intends. Still, somewhere inside I am cringing and sad. I have let him down and caused him worry. I will be interested to see if this is what I've needed or if I balk and rebel. I must pay attention and see how it goes. Have a great week everyone! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/21/2012 5:41PM

    My dh hasn't been quite that bold yet,
if I dare say anything to him about his unhealthy ways,
he will say something like
'talk to me when you have lost the weight you are trying to lose'

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MADAMEJEANNE 5/21/2012 12:53PM

    Dear Grandmababa, I know how you feel. My dh usually comments the thinner I get that I need to lose weight......makes you wonder what they thought 40 lbs heavier. Take it as love and concern that he wants his wife to be healthy! I will be praying for you. You are on the right track. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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Off Track Again!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day was not what I had hoped it to be. Yet, we did get to spend part of the day with our daughter's family. Our oldest grandson broke his arm - clean break through both bones of his left forearm, Friday night. He may yet need surgery, but the ortho doc is trying just setting it for a couple of weeks while watching it closely. That little boy, age 9, is an amazing little athlete. Tae Kwon Do is is specialty and he was doing a back flip board break from high atop a pyramid practicing for a competition this next weekend. Needless, to say he will be on the sidelines. My daughter and I have been concerned about how hard he pushes himself in these things. Her fear has been that he would be injured when over tired. So, after many times through perfectly he wanted to do one more run through Friday night pretty late and down he went when he over rotated. He had been invited to compete in an international tournament in Korea this summer - quite an honor. I suspect he will be back at it when he can, but will be laid up for at least the next three months. .. Korea is out of the picture for this year. I kind of admire his drive at such a young age. I loved tennis and enjoyed running for many years, but I was never driven the way he is. It is hard to watch and pray for good outcomes and protection from any permanent harm. At least his head and spine were safe this time. For that we are most thankful. Now I see my role as cheerleader as he heals and it also gives us a chance to focus on his younger brother who also competes in tae kwon do. He will compete Saturday and be the little star of the family for the first time. As I reflect on this reality it reminds me that everything does happen for a reason. I am thrilled that Rocky can be the star for the summer. It will do a lot for his self confidence. I want to think more about this as I know there is an important lesson in this for me, too. I just want to be the best mom, wife, grandma I can be to all of my family. Some days that is harder than others. Sometimes the answers are easy. Sometimes they are hard. Today I binged on a lot of unhealthy things. That was the wrong way to go, but never-the-less it is what happened. Calorie wise I met my daily amount by noon. Now, I probably should have something healthy this evening, but I would prefer to skip more calories at this point. The nutrition for today is terrible - some left over Easter jellybeans, 2 single serve bags of potato chips, coffee, cheerios and milk, pistachios. Not a good day. Tomorrow will be better! emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 5/15/2012 9:37AM

    So sorry to hear about his arm....praying for healing for him...He sounds like a wonderful motivated.
Hang in there...we all have bad days and the secret is to get back on the wagon when you fall off...staying on long term is the key! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/14/2012 7:53PM

    Poor kid! He must be devastated.
Take care of yourself while you're busy taking care of everyone else.

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KNEWMETODAY 5/14/2012 5:02PM

    Isn't it great to be in a place where every day can be new and where you know that we understand, because we've been there? Admitting slips is often really hard because we really want to do it right ALWAYS.

I am sorry to hear about your grandson's arm, but I'm also glad for Rocky. Being in the shadows is not usually a fun place. Bless you as you cheer both boys on!


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Gotta stay on track despite...

Monday, April 16, 2012

My 98 year old mom fell again last evening right after I got off phone with her. She's been treating a uti and I was concerned because it grew out a particularly nasty bacteria this time. She's fallen a few times in the past while having a uti. Seem to be areal problem for her. She's nearly blind and deaf and insists on living alone in her little home. I've been back and forth often in recent years - twice this year so far. One of the times was to be with my younger brother who died at age 55 and I got to be with him in that passage. Then it was for Mom and to help with more details regarding my brother. Now, I'm waiting for my marching orders once again. I'll head out there this week, just not sure which day and whether I'll drive or fly this time. My older brother is with her now at the hospital as he was within a 3 hour drive and I live much further away. I hate the thought of her going back to living alone and yet I know my dh will hate it if I go to live with her and care for her. Plus, I have a daughter and her family including three small grandchildren here that I help with. I just don't want to compound the stress and issues by eating the wrong foods in the next few weeks. I must stay strong. My own health has been faltering badly this year largely due to stress, I think. Such is life. I know the Lord will guide and protect. I just pray I hear His wisdom on upcoming decisions. Have a great week everyone! emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 4/17/2012 11:57PM

    They call us the sandwich generation. Often helping with elderly parents on one side and helping with Grandchildren on the other. God bless you in deciding where you are neede most and what you can handle. Hugs, Jane

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PLAYBLUES22 4/16/2012 4:49PM

    Sweetie, taking of someone older, your family, and yourself will take a toll on you. I know how you must feel, just try to do your best, because if you fall ill also it will only make matters worst emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/16/2012 3:02PM

    I will be surprised if the hospital allows her to go home after another fall.
Are you ok with that?
Take care of yourself, Barbara.


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