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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Well I got back in the water again after an extended time away. I got another abscess about a week after my last post. I had to be cut open again and was not allowed to go back in the water for 6 weeks. After that I got in the water and then got a flat on my way home and ended up at Les Schwab getting my tire repaired and it took 3 hours because they were swamped. Ended up with a horrible cold that turned into bronchitis. So no pool until now. I am back though and looking forward to feeling better and walking better and breathing better again. I am having a hard time getting back into my routine because I know how much more pain I will be in as I start working out again. It is strange looking forward to yet dreading my workouts. Anyways that is it for now hope to be back here way more often again.

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IMEMINE1 2/14/2014 5:26PM

    emoticon One small step after another.

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/17/2014 11:36AM

    Hope you are feeling better now. Good luck getting back to your pool exercises.

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    Hi there! Glad you are back! I have been away since June and just returning now. Good luck!

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HDHAWK 1/16/2014 7:04PM

    You've been through a lot. Glad to see you back here. I'm just getting back into working out too and I'm not breaking any land speed records but I'm doing it. It will get better if we stick with it!

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HILLSLUG98239 1/16/2014 9:38AM

    Ugh. I'm glad you're jumping back in. Keep focused on your goal. I'm confident you'll be back to your routine soon.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/16/2014 7:55AM

    So glad to see you again. How awful all you went through but now you are on your way back. I hope it turns out to be less painful than you think!


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Really been struggling with rollercoaster emotions lately...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I think I may be going through menopause even though I had a complete hysterectomy about four years ago. I am frustrated with the yoyo emotions. I have also been struggling with my eating and exercise, because as anyone who struggles with weight issues knows it goes hand in hand. I am now two days in on a healthier eating routine and also my workout is back on track. I haven't had both of them going good at the same time in a long time. I am happy to be going in the right direction again.

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D_4RECOVERY 9/21/2013 9:50PM

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KELLIEBEAN 9/21/2013 9:24PM

    That is very difficult. Congratulations on moving forward.

I hope you have a great day three!


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Little irritated today...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I worked out at the Y with Andi, and Kathy again today. Andi brought a new torture victim with her today also named Sue. It is always nice getting new workout buddies. Today I walked for an hour against the river and ten minutes with the river. I was then feeling rather invigorated so I decided to get back at my laps because I really enjoy those. I got in and started swimming and then the swim lessons started. This is usually not a problem you just have to go to the deep end and swim back and forth on the end. It is only five feet shorter than the long way so I don't really mind this. I was feeling up and going strong and really enjoying my swim when I got inundated with little kids swimming in my path. There is supposed to be space for lap swimmers all hours Monday thru Friday. I was unhappy that I had to stop because there was no path for me. I only got twenty minutes of lap time in. I think I could have done an hour. I have finally seemed to build back up to the amount of exercise I was at before the bronchitis hit and was upset not to be able to continue on. I did mention it at the front desk after I checked the schedule to make sure I should have been able to do laps. They assured me it would get taken care of. I hope that tomorrow I have enough energy to do it again. It felt good getting my sweat on!

I just got a couple new swimsuits. I wanted to stock up some because my income has just been cut in half. I haven't really been losing weight but I did recently take off the 15lbs that I had gone back up. I am happy about that. I was also able to order my suits in one size smaller. Not the progress I wanted to see but I am thankful that I am not gaining every year like in years passed. People who haven't seen me for a year have noticed the weight loss. It is harder to tell that you have lost weight when you are so high on the scale to begin with. My birthday is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to wearing a new dress that I just bought! It is fun enjoying clothes again. I am not small by any means but I am smaller than I was and it sure makes a difference.

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ANGRITTER 8/16/2013 1:02PM

    Kids will be back in school soon, so maybe they won't be an issue anymore!

I have been swimming a lot lately as well, but I do have the luxury of swimming at my "surrogate dad's" house (my best friend's father's home) where there in an inground pool with tons of beautiful landscaping and he is an absolute doll, so I love it. And since no one swims over there anymore, he is happy to see me swimming in it at all. Thank goodness it is there! And I just hit a sale at WalMart where they had most of their swimming separates on sale for $5 a piece. So I bought the identical suit I bought earlier this year, one for my mother to wear laying out, and an extra swim skirt in case my thighs don't ever firm up like I wish they would. (Inner thigh fat is HARD to get rid of!!) And I broke out my old suits that now fit me. I think the smallest one is a 14. The 16 fits great, but my boobs tend to fall out when I do the breaststroke! LOL

So I am with you on enjoying the swimming, and love that you have bought smaller suits. And you are gaining all that strength while swimming, so be prepared for new muscles to add a little bit of "healthy weight".

Hugs, Ang

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  I would have been irritated over the lack of a swim lane too. Good job on getting all that exercise in ! And good job on losing the 15 pounds!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/15/2013 9:23PM

    Congrats on ordering bathing suits a size smaller. I'm glad you have been able to build back up to your exercise routine!

I hope you have fun plans for your birthday!


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Feeling the burn...

Monday, August 05, 2013

My workouts have been progressing steadily. Today I did approximately 120 laps against the river at the Y. This takes about one hour and forty five minutes. I think that having Andi there with me has really helped to focus my workouts. Signing up for the Out of the Darkness walk has really helped give me a goal to work towards. I find that I work better with a goal and a deadline to meet. Andi is this sweet little round thing, that can look at you with her big ole puppy dog eyes, and say in a sweet little voice, lets try for 100 laps today, and your dying on lap 40 thinking to yourself there is no way in hell that is going to happen, when you hear yourself saying okay lets do it. I am not quite sure how she does it but I am beginning to cringe and tick when I see her coming because I just can't say no to her. I dislike her just a little for this, but my love for her far out ways the dislike.
This is my Andi.

My sons and I went and did grocery shopping last week and I was surprised at how easy it was for me to get through the shopping trip. It was a small trip but still I was able to make it through the store with out using one of the electric carts. I felt pretty good about that. My boys noticed it too.

Speaking of my boys they both graduated from high school in June and I am so proud. They are about to start college and they both want to go for Pharmacists. I am very proud of them.

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ANDIPANDY65 8/8/2013 1:01AM

  Laura! I love having you as a work out buddy!! Loved the blog...goober! emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 8/7/2013 4:58PM

    Andi is a very good friend. Congratulations to your boys. That is wonderful. Great family pic!

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    It is great to have someone to help push you when you need it. It is so easy to say "that was good enough" and convince yourself that it is. It is great that you have someone to push you to go just a little Farther.

Congratulations on your sons graduating!

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D_4RECOVERY 8/5/2013 8:06PM

    Congrats to your sons. That's awesome. emoticon on your exercising... emoticon

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  I'm glad that you have your friend Andi. And good job for listening to her!

Congratulations on your sons' graduation.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

I worked out hard today. We were doing sets of five with the river and five against the river. It was very hard. All together we did 50 against the river and 60 with the river. My legs are feeling it. I think that it is building strength and working cardio. I have signed up to do the Out of the Darkness walk here. It is a walk to help families who are dealing with a death from suicide. This is a cause very close to my heart. I am walking on team Froto which is a friends team in honor of her son. The walk is only a mile to a mile and a half. For me that seems like a thousand. So I am in training with a goal in mind. The walk is in October so I have time to get moving and build up to that mile. I can do this!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/20/2013 11:26AM

    What a great goal to work towards. I have been personally affected by suicides in my family, yes, more than one.

I thought about you on vacation this past week. Your water workouts always sound so great so I used the opportunity in the pool at the hotels we stayed at to work some muscles. That is hard work. I admire you!

Good luck in your training!

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HILLSLUG98239 7/18/2013 9:32PM

    Nice to see you back again! Good job on the workout.

I think you're smart to set a goal, and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to work up to it. I have no doubt you'll be ready by October.

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  Good job! What a blessing to support those who are grieving.

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