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I am a "famous girlfriend"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I called my daughter yesterday to check on her because of the flooding in her area.
In the background, I could hear my 5-yearold grandson jumping up and down and begging to talk to me. The he said, "She's..." (something I couldn't understand over the phone)

My daughter started laughing and replied, "Oh, she is? Well, ok, then, hold on a second and I'll let you talk to her."

Then my daughter, still laughing, said to me, "He said that you are his famous girlfriend."


That boy stole my heart years ago and soon, his brother will be here to make sure they keep it.
And I'm the blessed one for it. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 5/27/2013 2:43AM

    how lovely.....I bet he is so adorable....:) emoticon

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EMMACORY 5/26/2013 7:08PM

    How sweet. Do treasure those moments. You might want to keep a notebook of those sayings and when they get engaged 20+ years from now you can give to his future wife..... emoticon

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SAINTBERNARD6 5/26/2013 4:16PM

    how fortunate you are to be a "famous girlfriend"........

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/26/2013 11:56AM

    How lovely to be a "famous girlfriend!"


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what i like about tracking my nutrition

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I was introduced to tracking my nutrition several years ago by a nutritionist.
I hated it.
Reintroduced to food tracking again about a year and a half ago when I entered the free wellness program through my family physician, I was resistant to it. Even so, I gave it a go, learned a few things about it, and saw that it might be beneficial.

Here I am again...tracking my food.
This time, I really like doing it!

Here's why:

1) Tracking my food causes me to pay attention to what I am eating

Since "the wake up call" last Saturday, this is really important to me.

2) Because of food tracking, I read labels, and am becoming more aware of the nutrition make-up of the foods available to me

3) Tracking my food is helping to make better choices in the foods I eat.

4) The anxiety I have felt surrounding food is falling away because I am tracking what I eat.

I know that I am not living a lie any more. I am being truthful, accountable, and good to myself. There is a calming effect taking place from this consistent behavior of tracking my food and walking three days per week (discipline).

5) I am learning to be consistent by tracking my food.

6) Tracking my food is helping me to not restrict my calories too much, nor to overeat.

7) I found out by tracking my food that I can eat a little bit of a "treat" without totally destroying my eating plan.

I have learned that the saying "all things in moderation" is definitely true, and I can actually eat anything I want to eat as long as I measure everything and don't overdo any one thing.

8) By tracking my nutrition, I am learning whether or not I need to adjust the amounts of sodium, various fats, fiber, carbs, protein, etc., in order to eat a heart-healthy, diabetic-preventative diet.

9) Because of tracking my foods, I'm learning what a REAL serving size looks like.

When I was anorexic, I would restrict my portions so much it was ridiculous. When I was bulimic, I just ate out of the box. And forget going into restaurants try to find out what a serving size is because they give you choices or serve you what they want you to have, and every restaurant is different, except in Texas, where "everything is BIGGER."

10) I'm learning, through tracking my food, to love myself in a practical way.


Party on! emoticon

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DIANAOR1 5/27/2013 9:19PM

    Good for you! You have great motivation. I, too, find it hard to track. For some reason I am always so busy to put the foods that I eat. I know that is just an excuse and it is because I am always on Spark so I don't really know what my problem. Anyway, kudos to you for making a change!


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SWEETNEEY 5/26/2013 10:05AM

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EMMACORY 5/25/2013 9:10PM

    Josie, those are great insights. It is amazing how information can lead to motivation and change. emoticon

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LJBKENT 5/25/2013 6:40PM

    Tracking really does work. Great reasons to stick with it. Thanks for sharing.

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update on the walk toward the

Thursday, May 23, 2013

OK...so here is my mileage so far on my walk/run toward the monks at the Abbey at Subiaco, Arkansas (a total of 205 miles from my house), and a link to the blog I wrote that tells the whole story (for those of you who may not know what I'm talking about).


4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201 emoticon
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6
5/27/2013: 185.6 - 2.5 = 183.1 (I think I had a Fibro flare after the last walk/run. And Saturday, I had a reaction to the sun while I was mowing, so no walking for several days until today. It feels good to finally be back out there!)
5/28/2013: 183.1 - 2.5 = 180.6
5/29/2013: 180.6 - 2.5 = 178.1 (28.9 miles so far) emoticon
5/30/2013: thunderstorms and tornado watch...didn't run
5/31/2013: 178.1 - 2.5 = 175.6

Hmmm...19.4 miles so far, BUT... (update: 5/31/2013...31.4 miles so far)

I'm getting stronger and going farther each day and week that I go out, so these miles toward Subiaco will begin to add up much faster now. In the next couple of weeks or so, I will be clicking off about 15 miles per week (5 miles per day/3 times per week is my goal). I'm really excited about that! I don't know if I'll ever become a runner, but that's ok. I can still walk for looooong distances with intervals of running, even if I never run the entire distance. emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/23/2013 11:23PM

    Simply...AMAZING!!! emoticon

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MAWMAW101 5/23/2013 5:08PM

    I swear I couldnt be prouder if you were one of my grandkids! I REALLY HOPE YOU KNOW HOW AWESOME THIS IS!!!
I am writing on my nook in a hotel near Atlanta and can't add a smiley face.....but I am smilin!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/23/2013 4:01PM

    It's really beautiful! I looked up images on the Internet. I'm doing a walk too--It's been almost two years. Moscow, Russia to Lucca, Italy.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

3.7 miles!

with intervals.

and i ran farther this time than i have so far, which isn't much, but hey, it's more than i was doing!

the Lord is making me stronger.

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MNABOY 5/23/2013 12:58PM

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SUMMER2203 5/23/2013 11:29AM

    ahhh awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!

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EMMACORY 5/23/2013 11:18AM

    GREAT!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon We usually can do more than we think we can. Keep pushing your limits. You are flying!

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DEBORAH2180 5/23/2013 10:34AM

    Wow! That is amazing! 3.7 miles is no easy feat! You could do a 5K run! Congrats!
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to heck with it

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I've had enough of this mess.
I'm going for my walk/run toward the "monks".
Today, I'm going to attempt a 5K.

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KAYLSLYNN 5/26/2013 12:50PM

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EMMACORY 5/23/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I believe you can do a 5K.....go for it! emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/23/2013 10:39AM

    Thank you so much for blogging about the "Where Are YOU Walking To?" team! I am so motivated to walk on my virtual route and plugging in my miles! I am checking out a lot of cool places along the way! Today, I finally leave my state of IL and entering Indiana. Key West, here I come! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 5/23/2013 7:54AM

  you can do it you are strong and determined

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