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Sweet Mother of all that is holy and sacred...I made it home!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Today I started my 5k in 5 weeks walking program. As I walked out the door, I was full of vigor and inspiration. Before I go any further, let me explain that I live in the hills of Eastern Tennessee and when you go for a walk around here, it's more like hiking (at least in my opinion). There aren't many flat roads and if there are, they don't last but just a bit before you're climbing up or going down to get to where you're going. As I rounded the first corner and seen the first hill...the praying started. I am not going to lie, my lazy butt has gotten way out of shape since I was last on here and did it tell on me today. Whew! When I left the house, my goal was to walk 15 minutes and then turn around and walk back, I had the stop watch on my phone ready and everything. I began my walk, plugging away, step by step, conquering hill after hill, up and down, on my path. I keep checking the stopwatch, begging for it to finally say 15 minutes so I could turn around and go back. In my mind, I knew if I went too far in one direction, I would not give myself the choice to turn back, but instead to force myself to make the complete loop, which would take me up what I've dubbed the Devil's Hills. Let me explain the Devil's Hills. This is a paved road that is a series of 3 steep hills. You turn onto the road and begin your first climb, then you get a breather for a small stretch (and I mean small stretch) and begin your 2nd climb. Then you get another breather and it's on to the third where you round the corner and turn down the street to come down to the house. In the winter, when the road is iced over and you're trying to drive up these hills, to get home, you are praying you don't end up in the ditch as you white knuckle the steering wheel and urge your car forward and upward. It's down right scary! Anyway, back to the walk. As my stopwatch approached the 15 minute mark, dread began to close in as I realized I was well over half way around the loop. So what does my motivated self do (still full of vigor and inspiration)? I tell myself, "let's go for it"! I pepped myself up for the full loop and prepare to take on the Devil's Hills. I made it down and around the road and then began the trek up the first hill. HOLY FRIG'N COW!! My legs burned, my feet burned, my butt burned. "Sweet baby Jesus what in the world was I thinking"? I felt like I was moving in slow motion. If I looked up, I wanted to cry because I felt I'd never make it to the top. If I looked to either side, it almost felt like I wasn't moving at all. So I kept my eyes on the road and forced my mind to shut up and my legs to keep going. After all, it's not like I could just twitch my nose and pop back to the house. The man who sits outside most days waved and said "hi" as I passed his house, I gasped for air, thought I must look like absolute hell, smiled and said "hi" back to him. I kept going til I made it up the first hill. Boy was I thankful for that little stretch of flatter road. Then came the 2nd hill. At this point I was seriously questioning my sanity. I began the climb. If I could have physically been two people at once, one of me would have whooped the crap out of the other me for listening to all of that "reach for the stars", " you are your only limitation", hub bub I've been reading about. At this point I wanted throw up. I was seeing stars and figured I'd best sit down before I fall down. I felt defeated. That's when I called my husband. He asked me if I wanted him to come get me and take me home. (I sure do love that man of mine.) But what does my crazy, oxygen, deprived behind do? I say "No." "How am I going to be able to get stronger and better at this if I don't make it home on my own? Giving up is what got me in the shape I'm in. It's not going to get better if I let you swoop in and rescue me when I'm pushing myself to my limit." While I'm talking to him, I'm worrying about my heart rate slowing and what a loser I am for having to stop when I was so close to home, but then I thought about something else. I was doing it! I wasn't sitting at my computer thinking about it. I was doing it!! It didn't matter if I had to take a break (although I swore at least a dozen times that I'd never do this again or if I did I'd figure out a different way to do it) I was exercising. Every agonizing step I was taking was getting me one step closer to making myself into a healthier, better me. It's not supposed to be easy. It's hard work. So I got up, dusted the grass and dirt off my butt and started hill #3. And I almost immediately regretted it lol. But I kept going, even passing the ice cream man along the way. I walked and walked until I made it back home. Nobody had to call 911, I didn't have to get CPR on the side of the road, and I didn't pass out. I made it home! I proved something to myself today. I can do this! I can do it my way and still do it, even if it means accepting the fact that I need a break here and there. I won't give up again. Gods willing, when I'm tired and laziness creeps in and tries to entice me back into skipping my exercising, I won't give in! I can do this! You can do this!! We all can do this!!

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ONEDERLAND199 6/10/2014 4:53PM

  Your welcome :)

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JULEEBUGG 6/10/2014 4:25PM

    Thank you Onderlander199! ((((HUGS back to ya))) I so appreciate your support. Surprisingly, I'm not near as sore as I thought I'd be today. When I wasn't able to walk on the road, I had to walk with my feet angled kinda diagonally, so whatever those muscles on the sides of my lower legs (not sure if it's part of the calf or not) are sore, but the rest of me feels pretty good :). I did some yoga today, to give me a good stretch, and then I'll be back out there again tomorrow.

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ONEDERLAND199 6/9/2014 8:49PM

  Not only CAN you do it..you DID do it.
I'm reading your entry here and can't help but remember how I felt when I did my first walk/hike, I felt the EXACT same way..all I could think about was getting back home, but in my head I kept saying..you can do this, you can do this..
The sweat was dripping from my forehead, and man, my legs were numb...but the sheer sense of accomplishment i felt afterward was exhilarating..and enough to make me want to do it again, two days later..
I haven't stopped since that day...and each time I go hiking, it just gets better and better.
Just think...you have now opened up your world to a whole new level..and believe me, it is only going to get better from here on in (((HUGS)))

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What was I going to write about?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Well shoot, I don't remember now. I guess if its important it will come back to me. Today was a good day. I was able to mow some in the yard and Shannon and I were able to walk too. Not a whole lot going on today. Well unless you count my puppy, Lady, eating a dead rat eventful, YUCK! You'd have thought it was me with a Starbucks Frap, when I found her with it. At first she was going to bring it to me, maybe to share with Mommy, yuck! But when she got that I was trying to get it from her, she took it and hauled but to the horse pasture, where there's an electric fence and I couldn't get to her and chowed down like it was Thanksgiving dinner emoticon. No kisses for Mommy tonight. Did I say YUCK? emoticon

On a happier note, I want to let all of my Sparkfriends know that I love you guys. You are a great help to me and I love being able to go through these changes with all of you. If there is ever anything I can do to help you, please let me know. Big emoticon's to all of my emoticon's.

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CHATTIEGIRL 9/29/2010 9:59PM


I have stopped by to see how you are doing as you are 1 of my Spark friends and you are doing pretty good with your weight loss. Your animals sound like they are like a bunch of children to chase after. Your wedding pictures where very pretty, I can see why your husband loves that one so do I.
Stay true to yourself and your healthy eating, routine exercises to reach your final goals. We are doing this for a healthy life forever and that is what it is all about. May God bless you.


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JULEEBUGG 6/30/2010 11:36AM

    My cat does that! I've went outside and found baby birds and half eaten or whole mice right there at the door step. I just pray he never brings me a snake cause I will come outta my skin lol. One time, my sister had her window open, by her bed, and she was sleeping. She felt the cat jump on the bed, which wasn't unusual for her to come through the window. But then she started getn after something, and when my sister looked up....it was a snake. All I heard was her scream and BANG BANG BANG, lol. It's funny now but it scared the crap outta her.

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DANAB1106 6/30/2010 10:51AM

    It's nasty the things that dogs will eat. I have a puppy (9 year old schnauzer) that will bring me birds he has caught. He is so proud of himself.

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JULEEBUGG 6/30/2010 12:00AM

    Lol, Vinnie, our pomeranian is like that too. He sneaks in the litter box for a snack when I leave the room and he's fast about it too. If I catch him, he hauls butt to his bed and tries to act like he wasn't doing anything. We've pretty much given the cat his own room now to keep him and Jasmine, my corgi mix, out of the kitty litter buffet.

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FRIENDOFBACH 6/29/2010 11:46PM

  Funny how food preferences differ isn't it. Claudia loves cat poop and we have to go out of our way to keep her out of it.

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I so did it...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Yep, in celebration of moving to stage 2 with Spark and just feeling frisky, this 38 year old went and got her belly button pierced!! AND, I may have also found someone to do my next tattoo too. This day has been awesome. I didn't do my walking today, thanks to the severe thunderstorms that came through this afternoon, but I'm going to make it up tomorrow. I really need to come up with something to do when we get rained out.

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LORIBEL1 6/29/2010 2:24PM

    Congrats on making it to Stage 2! Woohoo! emoticon

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SALUBRE 6/29/2010 3:50AM

    oooh- I'd LOVE to see them all! I have a small Ankh on my back-need to get it reworked too. I'd like to get a wrist bracelet on my right wrist when I get to goal- maybe connected eternity symbols - one for each kilogram lost to remind me of my hard work- just in case the hand is stretching out to eat something I'd be better off without....

In fact, if i had a smaller head (like much smaller!) I would seriously shave my head and have a tattoo done in the nape of my neck.....my husband's happy I don't have a small head! LOL

PS: just saw you pics - LOVE them!!!!!!

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CHRISTYFG 6/28/2010 11:00PM

    That's fabulous Juleebugg! emoticon Congratulations!

I had been thinking of getting a belly ring when I reach my final goal weight and have a flat belly again.

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JULEEBUGG 6/28/2010 10:17PM

    Sure, I have 3. My first was in 1990 or 91 and its a unicorn head on my shoulder. Then I got a dragon on my hip about 14 years ago. Then last year, I got a penguin on the outside of my ankle.The older ones need to be touched up and have color added still. I've tried to wait and let the original artist do it, but I guess after waiting this long, that's never going to happen, living in different states and all now. I've always thought it was kinda disrespectful to let another artist work on someone elses art. Now, I'm thinking as long as they do a good job and don't mess up the ground work already done, then its all good. Whatever you decide, you must make sure it's something you can live with for the rest of your life. The only thing I'd change is the one on my shoulder cause I never get to see it. Other than that, I love them all and they each have a reason. The unicorn was from a time when i was young and still believed in fairy tales, I guess you could say. The dragon I got after my first husband was killed in a car accident. It represents the strength and turmoil I was in. The penguin matches the one my current husband has on his arm. Penguins mate for life and thats our plan. If not, then its a penguin and I like penguins anyway so no harm done. I think it's a great reward idea. In fact, my sister is planning the same thing. I'll get my DH to take a couple of pics so I can add them to my gallery and you can see. My next one is going to be a celtic motherhood knot with my daughter's name and birthday and little stars for the ones in heaven. What are you thinking of getting?

@ Chattiegirl-I'm so sorry. That is just horrible!!! There are plenty of other ways you can reward yourself. You could go shopping, get some new clothes, or some jewlery, maybe a new pair of shoes, or whatever floats your boat. Thank you and I wish you great success with your goals and lots of happiness and good times.

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CHATTIEGIRL 6/28/2010 10:03PM

    Hi Juleebugg;

Braver than me with tattoos and piercing. I haven't done any and I don't think I will. My daughter had her eyebrow pierced and when her father was sick she came to our home with his favorite rice pudding. She had a leather jacket on because it was winter and she got hot. She went outside and sat down and passed out. She went straight out on the deck floor and when I turned her over blood was every where. She tore the pierced ring out of her brow. I got her up and sat her on the floor and she fell out again on the back of her head. In the end I got her home which is next to us and after I had a glass of wine to settle down. Next my husband came out and said he was dying and I had to take him to the hospital and that is another story.

God luck with you weight loss and healthy eating. May God always watch over you.

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TAMTAMM 6/28/2010 9:59PM

    Can I ask how many tattoo you have and what are they? I am thinking about getting one but I am not sure what or where yet! I have a weight goal in my mind if I hit I will get one. You have to reward yourself...so high five for that : )

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A tale of two days

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Since I didn't blog yesterday, this one will be about yesterday and today.

Yesterday, I weighed and found out I lost 8 lbs since I last weighed about a month ago! I'm averaging about 2 pounds a week, is my guess. But I'll be more accurate in the future because we finally have our own scales. I swore after watching my mom struggle for so many years, that scales were one of the tools of the devil and I'd never have them in my home. Well, now look at me, lol. I've overcome my fear of the scales and found a nice one, thanks to my sister's (swebb4481) recommendation. We purchased it from WalMart for about $25. Its a weight watchers scale that keeps up with your weight and bmi.

Last night Shannon and I did yoga and walked again. The yoga was definitely easier than it was the first time and I found that I was able to enjoy it more. I tried using the pedometer for our walk, to keep up with how we progressed, and something didn't work right. I know we walked further than 1.25 miles, cause we've clocked it in the car. So we're still trying to tweak that. I was also able to obtain an unwanted snack during our walk. I don't know what it was, other than it flies and was half way down my throat before I could stop it. (Note to self, work on walking and not breathing through my mouth) No, I didn't add it to my nutrition tracker and have no plans on repeating that in the future and thanks for laughing at me sister dear lol.

Today, has been pretty lazy. I have some bug bites that kept waking me up itching last night, so I didn't sleep good. With my allergies acting up as well, I decided to take a benadryl this morning to try and find some relief. What I got was about a 4 hour nap, which would have been more helpful had I not been dreaming my butt off the whole time. My DH brought me home some caladryl too so hopefully that'll start helping soon.

We had turkey tacos for dinner that was pretty good but the high point of my eating was trying the new orchard chicken sub from Subway, for lunch. It was DELICIOUS!!! Full of chicken, apples, raisins, cranberries...I'd love to find a recipe for that!!

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/17/2011 9:03PM


Your getting your protein from the air but hope not to often.Keep going with your healthy eating, routine exercise to reach your goal. You haven't blogged for 6 months and would like to know what you are up too. Love Sparkpeople and learn from them. God bless you always.

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LORIBEL1 6/29/2010 2:27PM

    Way to go on losing 8 lbs! That's a great accomplishment! emoticon

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JULEEBUGG 6/28/2010 11:27AM

    lol thanks yall emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FINDINGBOBBIE 6/27/2010 3:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonGreat job on the 8 pounds and here is emoticon for dessert :)

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AMANDAEA129 6/27/2010 10:09AM

    Great job on the 8 pounds! The fly would count as protein emoticonlol

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TAMTAMM 6/27/2010 12:31AM

    emoticon on the 8lb lost! You are doing soooo good : )

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MONAROSE1 6/26/2010 8:05PM

  YEah! 8 pounds!

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6/24 Day 9, WOW!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Time sure is flying! Well today was very productive. I spent about 2 1/2 hours mowing and weeding in the yard today, and I finally conqured the creek! The creek runs through our front yard and when we moved in here, it was severely overgrown and neglected. I finally got all the grass, trash, weeds, etc...taken care of, so that when I mow now, I should be able to just mow it like the rest of the yard. It's a small victory, but I am really enjoying it. I could actually see the rain water running through it from my living room window, beautiful.

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TAMTAMM 6/25/2010 8:29AM

    What a sight to see....I bet its sooo beautiful to see and hear the creek running through your yard.
You kicked butt cleaning all that up WTG!!! I bet it wasn't easy but a good workout : )

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