Saturday, August 02, 2014
I am on many great Sparkteams here. One of the newest ones I've joined is Here for a Change-Quarterly Habit Focus Team. We are encouraged to change 1-3 things each quarter to become permanent healthy changes in our lives. This quarter I'm going basic; exercise, calories, and Bible reading.
I need to exercise and strength train consistently, and push myself. I think that is part of why I have struggled so much with losing weight. If I get consistent with exercising and staying in my calorie range, but don't lose weight by the end of October I'm going to have to go to a doctor and see if there is a medical reason I'm struggling so much. I'm hoping it is just that I have been slack.
I need to keep my calories in check, and make them count. This one isn't just for me, but for my family too. My daughter is 20 years old, and weighs as much as I did when I was pregnant with her. My husband is pre-diabetic because of his knee and work schedule. If I change my food intake, theirs will change too. I do the grocery shopping for the house, they only go if I ask them to. This change needs to be for all of us.
I need to read my Bible consistently to grow closer to God. Nothing happens in this life without Him. The closer I am to Him, the safer I am. It is easier to go through trials when I have spent time with Him.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Let's just say that when you have 12 people going camping, and almost half of them are under 10, things don't always go as planned. We did have a great time despite things that when wrong. We left my house two hours later than I had hoped for the long drive to Seward. Dinner didn't go as planned, so we had Arby's on the way. We got to Exit Glacier National Park about 11:30 p.m. My daughter and I took two girls around the walk-in only campsites and found one big enough for three of our tents. After getting those set up we all climbed into bed and fell right to sleep. In the morning we went out to the food shelter where there were two other families already cooking and made breakfast. After breakfast we went into Seward to the Sea Life Center. We had a great time there looking at all the animals. There were some sea lions, seals, and otters in recovery ponds that we looked at. The girls loved the huge tanks with the sea lion and diving birds in them. You can watch them from upstairs and then go downstairs to see them underwater. The entire troop stepped on the scale next to the sea lion tank and found out that all 7 of the girls there weigh almost half as much as the sea lion there. When they were done looking, we ate lunch outside the center and looked at the ocean.
We went back to the campground, grabbed a few things and went up to the Visitor's Center. We hiked up to the glacier, and the area around the river at the bottom of the glacier. The girls had fun playing in the sand and throwing rocks in the river. It was very windy up by the glacier, and the girls thought it was neat when I explained why it was windy up there, but not below. We went back to the camp and made dinner. There was a family of boys from Switzerland there playing Uno, and the girls were watching them and got invited to play. They had such a fun time that the four adults did everything for dinner and cleaning so they could play. Unfortunately, our girl with severe allergies had broken out in bad hives from something. We gave her Benadryl and my daughter (our first aider) and one of the moms rushed her to the emergency room. They got back and into bed about 1:30 in the morning. We don't know for sure why she was breaking out, she felt perfectly fine, it was just her skin.
The next morning, we packed up while one of the moms went into town for a shower. While she was gone, I tried to start the car and it wouldn't start. When the mom got back, my daughter and I drove toward town to get to a phone and call for a tow truck. The guy got the car running finally and we headed toward Denali National Park. We stopped back at the Exit Glacier Visitors Center so the girls could turn in their books and get their Junior Ranger Badges. I found out the girl with the hives also has exzema. We told her to use the baby wipes and wipe herself off. By the time she got on the bus her skin had cleared up. On the way to Denali there was a bad accident south of Anchorage that held us up for over an hour. We pulled into Denali at 2:30 in the morning and slept in the cars. We needed to be up at 8 for showers before getting on the bus at 11.
I woke up at 7 freezing and the teen that was with me was awake. We woke up the girl in the back and went to get our stuff out of my daughter's truck, and she was awake too. I got the girls in the shower so we would have a head start on the day. We got everyone else up, and while they showered we got our bags ready to go and started making lunch sacks to take on the bus. It was an 8 hour trip into the park and back. The bus ride was great. The girls saw a lot of caribou, some pikas, a moose, and a grizzly bear that was about a quarter mile from the bus. We got back, made dinner and got in bed.
The next day we packed everything up and got into the cars to go. My car wouldn't start again. We finally found a mechanic that could come fix it. The two moms that came left us with four of the girls and headed home while we waited for the mechanic. One of them had to get up early to go to work the next day. The mechanic was great. He fixed the car, and the power steering in the truck that had gone out the day before. He also explained what he had done, and what my husband will need to do to make these fixes permanently; so much better than the guy in Seward. We drove home very happy with some great memories. We got home at 9:30 p.m., 7 hours later than we hoped, but it was all good. We really did have a great time, and I am ready for another camping trip; but only to one spot. God is so good, He took care of us the entire trip.
Friday, June 27, 2014
This has been an interesting summer so far. It was really warm with a few forest fires, and now we are getting a lot of rain, and flooding across the state. I'm glad our Girl Scout camping trip isn't until the end of next month. My daughter and I have a camping trip we're planning to go on in a week and a half. We may have to change our plans if the weather doesn't change soon. A good thing about the rain is the plants are growing like crazy.
I'm doing the 60 Day Summer challenge again this year. Today is the end of the first week. I am doing well so far. I've managed to get over 11,000 steps every day. I've moved on purpose everyday, and kept my calories in range all but one day. I'm hoping to be able to finish the challenge this year, and actually lose weight.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
1) I need to be more consistent with working out. That means 5-6 days a week. I was hit and miss this month
2) I need to stay in my calorie range more often. I did pretty well this month; only a few days I was over, and 3 days that I didn't track at all.
3) I need to eat at least 5 freggies a day. I still need to work on this.
4) I need to read my Bible and spend time with God every day. This needs a lot of work.
5) I need to drink at least 8 cups of water every day. I'm getting really good at this. I only missed a few days.
6) I need to strength train at least 3 days a week. I did a lot better this month, only one week I didn't strength train enough.
7) I need to stick with Flylady and get my house clean. I am getting better, I kept up pretty well the last week of the month.
Friday, March 21, 2014
I opened the front door this morning while I did my strength training because it is so beautiful outside. My daughter's dog was watching the birds on the front porch and listening to them sing. It is so pretty. A magpie flew onto the railing, they migrate during the winter and are back now. There was a light breeze outside playing the wind chimes. I looked out the window at the blue sky as I lay doing my dumbbell flys and saw the tops of the birch trees. They are the brownish-red that shows the buds that will turn into leaves soon. The snow in the sun is melting, and it is definitely Spring. God has brought us through another winter, and this one was the worst I've seen in the 14 winters we've lived here.
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