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Limited visibility, but we walked anyways

Monday, January 02, 2012

Yep, we had a pretty heavy snowfall today. That snow was a-coming down. Took the dog for 5 miles worth of walk over two hours. I forgot to put his jacket on him, so he did some shivering at first, but once he got going he was fine. It is supposed to be positively frigid tomorrow, down in the teens, so I will make sure to put his jacket on and probably take one of our shorter routes. I would have liked the walk better if the snow had been big, fat flakes, but it was the small pellets that sting when they get blown into my face. Oh well, I'll still walk in it. I definitely like it better than the cold rain we had been getting. I actually broke out the boots today, to go with the two hats I wore, plus gloves and a scarf. I think I was a little overdressed actually. I broke a sweat while we were coming up the steep bit of hill. I like to sweat when I work out, but then I tend to cool down too fast and get chilled. I'll get the hang of it eventually. We are going out again in the morning!

I have to go for a blood test tomorrow. I was actually supposed to go today, but I had too much to do. I found someone to watch the dog tomorrow while I go, so now I have to go get it done. My doctor's appointment is on the 12th of this month. My goal has been to be 80 pounds lighter than the last time I was in the office, and I think I will make it by the 12th. I was down 78 pounds last week, so even if I only lose a pound this week, I will be within spitting distance. I think my weight at my last appointment was actually higher than what I weighed when I started SP, so might even be over my goal. I will keep you all informed.

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TABBYJO88 1/3/2012 10:04PM

    You are doing great and are very courageous. I could not go walking in the snow. I hope your blood test went well. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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ELISOS 1/3/2012 6:40PM

    wow you are doing great!!!

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SHELLYBABE2 1/3/2012 1:52PM

    You're doing emoticon wishing you all the best for 2012 & your docs appt, it's great when you can think what a big difference there is between each visit! Keep up your hard work and hopefully those large snowflakes will come - not just the nasty hard pellets! We are just getting high winds/gales with worse in Scotland where the in-laws are, poor things! Take care & am getting a little more organised now that xmas is over so will be reading your blogs more regularly again!

Take care & wish me luck in avoiding the supermarket with all the sweet things on sale! lol

M xx

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NSTARSMITH 1/3/2012 8:53AM

    Looove tose big fat snowflakes swirling around when I walk. Little dog has trouble if the snow is over 8" deep so I gotta stomp a path for her. Otherwise it is better to snow than be really cold - then neither of us can stand it for long! Good luck with the weight goal at the appointment!

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DOGLADY13 1/3/2012 8:02AM

    I loved walking in the snow with my dogs. They loved to walk. It really didn't matter what the weather was.

Your doctor is going to be thrilled when you walk in! I can't wait to read that blog post.

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MAGGIE101857 1/2/2012 9:20PM

    I'm impressed!!! Great walk - definitely a "kick in the butt" to those of us who braved the treadmill instead : )

Good luck tomorrow! The doctor better be impressed - we sure are!!!!

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GLORYANDME 1/2/2012 8:59PM

    You and your dog put my dog and I to shame. We didn't do our daily walk today because the temp was in the high 20's and here you 2 are out braving the snow. emoticon

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    5 miles in snow... you inspire me so much.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/2/2012 8:52PM

    oh boy! snow! I like walking in snow and discovered a few years ago I burned more calories in cold weather - once for the walk itself, and another batch of calories to stay warm when shivering!!

Hoping the doctor is happy with all your progress even if you are only at "spitting distance"!! (awww there isn't a spitting emoticon!! and that expression I haven't heard in a coon's age! my grandparents used to talk about stuff being within spitting distance!! heh !).

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don't forget that building snow people counts as exercise!!!
yea on the boots, too! waiting for snow so I can wear my new ones too!!


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7356WILMA 1/2/2012 8:43PM

  Glad you enjoyed your walk in the snow!

Good luck at the Dr's visit on the 12th. Wow 78lbs that is awesome!! You must really be proud of your self!

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LGAR519 1/2/2012 8:42PM

    I absolutely will not walk in the snow. I'm afraid I will fall. So I work out with my DVDs. It is snowing here too and very cold.

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JITZUROE 1/2/2012 8:41PM

    Wow - you certainly are starting this year off right - I love that you still made it out today!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!
And I have a great feeling about your doc's office visit. It's gonna be great.

Have a wonderful night - and don't forget the dog coat next time! : )))


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RG_DFW 1/2/2012 8:40PM

    Fabulous... keep us posted!

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A really short blog...

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I started the year with a 2.5 mile walk in the rain. I also stayed on track with calories in. Not a bad way to start the year. I managed to keep my fitness streak alive another day, so I am on Day 103 of my fitness streak. I am not feeling very loquacious, so this is going to be very short tonight.

Take care everyone!

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ELISOS 1/3/2012 6:55PM

    Great!!! hugs!!

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LGAR519 1/2/2012 4:31PM

    Doing good!!

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AMBERZADE 1/2/2012 1:31PM

    That's great !

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GLORYANDME 1/1/2012 10:46PM

    Way to keep that streak going even in the rain! emoticon

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    Day 103. AWESOME!!!!!!!

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Patience is a virtue... just not one of mine

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Well, I have been thinking about healthy habits I want to focus on in 2012, and I have been making a mental list, but number one is to be more patient. Not just more patient with other people, but also with myself. I tend to get impatient with myself fairly quickly and I know that isn't good. Also on my list is being more consistent... with sleep, ST, water consumption among other things. I want to be more organized and be more proactive with de-cluttering my life and living space as well. I could probably write a very long list of healthy habits to focus on, but those will do for now.

I went for three walks with the dog today. We covered a total of 4.75 miles. It feels good to send the old year out on a positive note. I am staying in tonight with Cooper and sitting down to read a good book with pre-portioned healthy snacks on hand. I even allowed for some sparkling cider in my calorie range for today. I have no desire to go out and hang around while friends and acquaintances get drunk and make fools of themselves. It can be amusing at times, but I don't have the patience for it these days. (See, I do need to work on my patience!)

I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve!

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DOGLADY13 1/1/2012 7:50PM

    Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a great New Year's Eve.

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NSTARSMITH 1/1/2012 10:29AM

    Yeah, patience, sure. People tell me I am so patient! I can be quite patient with others when my expectations of them are really really realistic. Myself? Takes a lot of slow gentle self-talk. Try the small steps method: exercise patience with just one small issue! Ha! Maybe your doggie? Maybe weather? I dunno. In any case, have an increasingly patient 2012!

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RG_DFW 1/1/2012 9:38AM

    Lord give me patience, right now!
Happy New Year and I hope you continue to achieve goals as you did in 2011

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ROCHELLE62 1/1/2012 9:22AM

    I lack virtue also. Good goal.

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ELISOS 12/31/2011 11:22PM

    I am at home relaxing, hugs

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KARIDIAN1 12/31/2011 9:12PM

    We are doing the same thing, staying at home, eating at home and watching movies.

Just relaxing and enjoying.

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My dog walked more than I did today...

Friday, December 30, 2011

It has been a long day. I have been up since before 6am, which is very unusual for me. I did get my friend to the airport in plenty of time this morning though. I got home by 11am, because my lunch date got canceled. It worked out fine. Cooper had just gotten back from his walk with the dogsitter. She had to give him a bit of a bath because she took him on some dirt paths after it had rained. She walked him about 3.5 miles. I ended up walking him about 5.5 miles this afternoon. So, he walked about 9 miles today. I wish I had gotten to go on that morning walk too. The weather is supposed to be warm over the weekend before heading for the deep freeze next week. Next Tuesday is forecast to be in the teens. We will take short walks if it does get that cold. I don't want him to get frostbite on his ears or anything.

It is late and my brain is slow tonight. I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve tomorrow night! I am staying home with my dog.

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NSTARSMITH 12/31/2011 10:36AM

    Happy New Year to you and Cooper from me and Penny!

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LGAR519 12/31/2011 10:13AM

    Happy New Year to you and Cooper!!

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RG_DFW 12/31/2011 8:59AM

    Happy New Year... Don't let Cooper party too much!

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ELISOS 12/31/2011 12:00AM

    Enjoy your Saturday!!! hugs

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New windows

Thursday, December 29, 2011

They installed two new windows in my apartment today. They are nice, but the third either didn't come or was the wrong size, so they will probably be back another day. So, Cooper and I spent the morning and part of the afternoon out at my parents' farm. He had a good time. My nieces were there so he got to play with them. He also barked at the cat for a while. We only walked about 2 miles today. It was sort of cold and miserable. We have a few more months of Winter still to get through and already I want to hibernate. I have been walking despite snow and wind, but today I ended up doing a bunch of ST, because I just didn't want to go outside.

Tomorrow I take my friend to the airport. She has been a good friend, but it is a good thing she is leaving. If she stayed with me much longer we would have issues. I don't do well with someone else in my space. If I make a mess then it is my problem to deal with it. If she makes a mess it seems it is also my problem to deal with it. Drives me up a wall! This is one of the reasons I am single. I am just not patient enough to deal with the foibles of others.

My neighbor is watching Cooper for me while I drive to the airport. I had hoped to go to an early lunch with a friend from high School, but that is looking doubtful. I will probably just turn right around and come straight home from the airport if I don't hear from my HS friend fairly soon. It is a good thing Cooper is such a gentleman that my neighbor enjoys dogsitting him.

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KARIDIAN1 12/30/2011 9:15PM

    Enjoy the New Years holiday! Sometimes it is just nice to be by yourself.

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LGAR519 12/30/2011 8:26PM

    Pity that you didn't get all 3 windows at the same time! But I'm glad you're getting them.

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GLORYANDME 12/30/2011 11:02AM

    It is always good to mix up your exercise. Good job on the ST! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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RG_DFW 12/30/2011 7:52AM

    Patience with others is a difficult thing to master... but in any event, Happy New Year!

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ELISOS 12/29/2011 11:12PM


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