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I'll Wear a Shamrock

Friday, March 16, 2012

Here is a St. Patrick's Day poem I'd like to dedicate to my Great-Grandmother Sarah (Blake) Waterman, who was Irish (all the rest of my ancestors are German.) I got my black curly hair from Great-Grandma Sarah.

I'll Wear a Shamrock
by Mary Carolyn Davies

St. Patrick's Day is with us,
The day when all that's seen
To right and left and everywhere
Is green, green, green!

And Irish tunes they whistle
And Irish songs they sing,
Today each Irish lad walks out
As proud as any king.

I'll wear a four-leaf shamrock
In my coat, and the glad day through,
For my father and mother are Irish
And I am Irish, too!

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PATTIE441 3/16/2012 5:20PM

    Awesome Heidi! Thank you! Happy St. Patrick's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Scale Aggravation

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My scale is so aggravating...but not for the reason you might think.

This morning I stepped on it and it said 165. I stepped off, stepped back on and it said 164. I stepped off, then stepped back on and it said 167.

It's an old digital that has always had this issue. I generally just take the number I get twice. It just gets aggravating when I get 3-4 different readings and none the same.

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UPDATE: I changed the battery and decided to step on it once and take that number, even if I don't like it (lol). Now that I see I've lost the 3 lbs I gained in Feb. I am challenging myself to only step on the scale on my monthly Sparkversary, which is also when I take all my measurements. One measuring day per month from now on! emoticon I am moving past the tyranny of the scale!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/16/2012 9:22AM

    Congrats on deciding not to let the scale rule your day. I am so glad it was only old batteries. It is something you will have to be more careful about weighing in less frequently because the scale still slowly leeches power from the battery even when not in use. So don't get too frustrated with fluky weigh ins! :)

Congratulations on losing 3 lbs!

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HILLHANNA16 3/15/2012 12:53PM

    I had to buy a new scale as my old one, was not working properly. I took my new scale to the Bariatric Center and when I stepped on it after stepping their huge flat scale that is certified and calabrated, I felt better. I think scales are very sensitive to where you put your scale. In the directions it says to weigh yourself in the same location every time. When you buy a scale you must calabrate it. You are supposed to calabrate it where you will use it. I just bought my new scale two weeks ago. The professionals at the bariatric center say to not to weigh yourself every day. I have not broke that habit yet and sometimes the scale variates a little. I am trying and will try harder now that I have read your blog and the comments to only weigh myself once a week. You should do that to and then you won't feel the variation as much.

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NEKEL16 3/14/2012 7:48PM

    scales are evil its a proven fact lol. Mine too does the same, I have had many many scales over the years and none of them have done anything other. It is Very annoying. I tend to get on 3 times and if the number is the same I wont do it again but some days i get one around 10 times and take what ever number came up the most. emoticon it sounds pretty silly now looking at it. xx emoticon

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MELONSCALE 3/14/2012 11:25AM

    If it's giving you all kinds of numbers...maybe only step on the scale once...what it says is what it says. You may not like what the scale says, but that way you'll be able to move forward and keep focused that much more! Good luck! Just try it.

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ROBININVEGAS 3/14/2012 10:44AM

    I have the same issue, makes me want to throw the scale out the window.... emoticon emoticon

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MRSKROSSI 3/14/2012 3:37AM

    I have the same issue

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WENDYLEE15 3/13/2012 2:24PM

    Mine does the same thing and it's not very old. Darn scales!! emoticon

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LDMCNIEL 3/13/2012 1:37PM

    My old one did that. It was frustrating. I would have to step on it 10 times and took the number that came up the most.

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YULLABELLE 3/13/2012 10:40AM

    I hate scales.

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BRANDTSGIRL 3/13/2012 9:58AM

    All scales are different.
I've gone to measuring my efforts.

I know 10lbs lost = 1 paint size:)

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/13/2012 9:22AM

    My digital scale tends to do this when the batteries are weak. Sometimes the variance of weights is as much as 20 lbs.

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Moving Dirt is Eye Opening

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

We have raised beds for our gardens and we use the square foot/intensive gardening method since we live in a small opening in the woods.

My husband made some more beds for me over the winter and so they need soil, compost, vermiculite, and peat moss mixed and put into them before we start planting later this month and next month.
Son and I had gotten 10 40 lb. bags of topsoil on Friday and since it was storming (the recent Indiana tornadoes), we just plopped them down on the front deck when we emptied the van.
Yesterday we moved them to the garden beds.

I picked up 1 of the 40lb bags and hefted up to my shoulder and grunted as I walked around the house to the garden bed and flopped it on the ground. I did that 4 times! (more evidence of me gaining strength and endurance! emoticon I did feel my spine compressing so I quit and let son move the last 6 bags.

It dawned on me rather quickly....I used to weight 60 lbs more than I do now. Those 40lb bags WERE H-E-A-V-Y!!!! I was carrying around 1 1/2 of those bags on my body ALL the time!

No wonder I ached and moaned and groaned and grunted as I moved through the day and night!! No wonder I was so miserable!!

Holding and carrying just 40 of the 60 lbs I have lost was EYE OPENING!! emoticon

The exciting part is......by the time I reach my goal weight, I will have lost the weight = to 2 of those bags of soil!!


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STILLWATERSSB 3/10/2012 7:48PM

    It's amazing the realizations we come to when we are focused on living a healthy lifestyle! I used to be able to lift like that, 20 years ago. Way to go and keep up the good work. Raised garden beds? How neat! When I worked with the profoundly retarded, we had raised garden beds so they were wheelchair height and our clients could help.

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NEKEL16 3/10/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon congrates friend xx

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WENDYLEE15 3/7/2012 3:43PM

    Wow..That is an eye opener!! Great job.it's great to feel lighter. And isn't it awesome to get a work out when doing something we actually love..like gardening ! emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 3/7/2012 10:07AM

    Aren't those Ahhhh Haaa moments wonderful!!

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I love hearing your gardening progress!! I used to have huge detailed perennial beds. Now i have a couple boring maintenance free beds. Very boring. I think I need to do something about that.

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    How cool!! When I lost 55# in 2002 I used to look at the dog food bag sitting on the landing.....then I'd think, THAT'S what I lost!!! A whole dog food bag!!! It really was hard work slugging around that dog food bag, day in, day out. Well, this time around - I've lost a 20# bag of dog food - but I'm still working my way to losing the full 50 pounder!!! It really is an eye opener, isn't it!! A BIG congrats to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Gaining Strength and Endurance!

Monday, March 05, 2012

I love to walk, especially outdoors.
I crave being outdoors in nature like I crave food and breathing.
Because I have fibromyalgia, walking is one of the few Doctor Approved Exercises I can do (along with swimming and gentle yoga).
Last summer and fall, I started my new lifestyle by walking our 1/4mi. hilly gravel lane. That 1/2 mile was quite a workout at first, but gradually got easier. Then winter came and the cold made my muscles cramp, so I had take my exercise inside.

I got the Leslie Sansone Walk at home 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk dvd, which has five 1 mile Mile Markers options to choose how far you want to walk. The options were nice so I could do a different 1 mile walk with different faces and chatter each day I walked. It took a few weeks to be able to do a complete 1 mile with her at her pace, but I did get there! After 2 months, I was able to do the "2 Minute Boost" with her at the end of the 1 mile (but no kicks or leg lifts, knees aren't ready yet). That felt GREAT!

Last week, the 1 mile with the boost, just wasn't feeling like it was enough anymore and my weight had starting increasing, so today, I did 2 miles with her at her pace (with only 1 boost, couldn't do the 2nd one yet). I'll see how that feels over the next 48 hours and will do only 1 mile with her on Wednesday, to prevent a fibro flare-up.

Slowly I am building strength and endurance!!

So, here's my plan....
2 miles with 1 boost on Mondays. 1 mile with 1 boost on Weds and Sats for several weeks.
When my body feels ready, I will do the 2mile with 1 boost on Mons and Sats, with a 1 mile on Weds.
After a few weeks, if I don't have any flare-ups, I'll add the 2nd boosts for a few weeks.

By then, I should be able to walk outside...my ultimate goal is to walk around a nearby lake and home again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
I may not make it this spring or summer, but my goal is to do it by fall!

It feels so good to see progress in the fitness area!!

24 hour update: I still feel great! no flare-up!! whoohoooo! Strength Training and yoga today!

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Wow! That's wonderful. You're doing SO well!!! Really, there are no words to describe how GOOD it feels to actually feel the new strength beginning to manifest itself in the body. Great post!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 3/6/2012 7:31AM

    emoticon You are making progress and found a way to do it and didn't make excuses! emoticon

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MIPALADY23 3/5/2012 7:07PM

    Woooohoooo! Great job and great plan!

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FITNFUNJEN 3/5/2012 12:44PM

    Woohoo! You are doing an amazing job! Seeing progress really helps!

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Running with Jack

Friday, March 02, 2012

This is our driveway.......

(in summer, obviously! that's our son, Lincoln, enjoying his 2011 summer on his bike with a jump he made)

Guess what?!?!

I ran UP that hill tonight! I was chasing our dog, Jack (see below), my exercise buddy. My family was shocked! They wish they'd had a video! LOL

A year ago I could hardly WALK up that hill without having to stop and catch my breath or rest my knees!

Jack with his "comfy" Mr. Dinkleman (from Open Season dvd)

Of course I did the "Rocky" dance at the top! LOL emoticon

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    Congrats!! Boy oh boy, that's really an achievement ~ good for you!! Very, very emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 3/3/2012 4:41PM

    Absoluteky awesome my friend!!!

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THREECRANES 3/3/2012 2:12PM

    That's amazing! I am so so happy for you! To be able to do that is the most solid evidence of SUCCESS!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/3/2012 9:34AM

    Congrats Heidi that is wonderful!

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DAYHIKER 3/2/2012 8:00PM

    You've come a long way! Doesn't it feel GREAT! Is that your driveway? We have a long steep driveway and it is torture after a long walk. emoticon Keep up the great work!!

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CINDHOLM 3/2/2012 6:28PM

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