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A warrior princess

Monday, July 18, 2011

I set out to do 2 miles this evening with my walking buddy (my sister in law's mother). Together we did the 2 miles, almost exactly, but then I left her at her daughter's house and walked another mile and a half. I wanted to get over the 1000 fitness minutes mark for the month today, and I managed it. Just barely, but I squeaked over the line. It feels good to meet these milestones I set for myself. I didn't set a real fast pace (there is a hill or two, and it is still pretty hot and sticky to be racing myself), but I set a fair pace and kept it up, even up and down the hills. I just tell myself "keep moving, just keep moving", and I do. I feel like the little engine that could as churn up those hills, and just keep moving along. The change is amazing. At least I think so. In May I wouldn't have walked to my aunt's house 1/2 a mile away. Now I walk for miles at a time. My lungs feel better, my joints feel better, and most importantly my mood is better. I have said before that I will never be petite, but I CAN be a warrior princess! (I wouldn't want to be just a warrior, I am a little too girly for that! lol)

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TODAYZLADY 7/19/2011 4:45PM


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NATTY0488 7/19/2011 10:36AM

    You go girl!!!!! :-D

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Whining about the humidity

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It isn't really the heat that gets to me, it is the humidity. I know I shouldn't complain, it was only in the upper 80s, but that is hot for where I live, and with no breeze the air just kind of stuck to me today. Maybe it hit me so hard because I don't have air conditioning, and I don't get much air circulation in my apartment. It has been hot other days this summer, but today was the first day it really dragged on me. I still managed to get out for half an hour, but I went pretty slow and easy, and came back in for a glass of water. I was feeling kind of down that I only managed a half hour, but then I thought "I could have skipped it altogether, and I didn't." So, now I am feeling better about myself.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/18/2011 11:08PM

    Not sure where you are, but moving out west isn't gonna help much, @NTSOHLTHNT - today was 104 degrees and about 60-70% humidity last I checked. I got out early for a walk this morning, while it was only in the 80's and then took a nap to compensate for getting up early (from going to bed late the night before)... and yes, water is important too!! But... hang in there, keep going, and try to stay active in the apartment too (but with no air conditioning, I remember how that was in my old apartment before my husband and I got this house with air conditioning.). Times like this I feel like walking at night and sleeping in the heat of the day just to keep from going crazy.

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GAL7288 7/17/2011 11:06PM

    I know what u mean this heat/humidity is horrible I really wish fall was here already, but ur right 30mins is better than nothing, that's what I am for and if I can do more than I do if its too unbearable I'm satisfied. Its true we have to push ourselves but not kill ourseves overdoing it. I agree try working out at a community center, drink lots of water, take a cold shower afterwards, stay safe!

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/17/2011 8:10PM

    Oh I feel for you. The humidity is what gets me, too. We're moving out West as soon as we can, because we can't stand it much longer. The heat is one thing, the humidity another. If you have a community center nearby, you might be able to go there to work out instead of being out in that horrible heat and air. In any case, try to keep/stay cool, it's only a little while longer before it'll be fall.

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A Puppy, and believing

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I got to play with my friend's new puppy this afternoon. He is so cute! His name is Gatsby. My friend says I have cheekbones again. That is the biggest difference she can see after I have lost 20+ pounds. I say terrific! I can feel a difference in how my clothes fit, but I can't see a difference yet. The key word here is "yet". I believe I will see a difference eventually. I just have to keep on track and keep moving. I keep telling myself "I believe, I believe". (I feel like I am saving Tinkerbell when I say it, but it seems to work for staying motivated too.) It was hot out there today, and it is supposed to be hot again tomorrow, but I am going out no matter what! I'll just go out later in the evening. I'm definitely feeling motivated today!

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We're walking, I'm walking...

Friday, July 15, 2011

I walked about 3 miles yesterday evening. I was only going to do 2 miles, but I got started on the final couple blocks and decided to just keep going. I walked about half with my aunt, so we were going pretty slow, but then I continued on by myself and really picked up the pace. It felt good to move and keep on moving. I got my pedometer, and put it on before I left to walk over to my aunt's house. I was impressed by how many steps it recorded, now I just have to remember to put it on in the morning so I know the total number of steps I take in a day. I spend a lot of time sitting, so probably not a lot more than what I record on my walks. My apartment is a tiny studio, so it is difficult to move around in it. There is just enough room to do some exercises for strength training, but just barely. I don't get a lot of light either, as my apartment is basically in the basement of the building, which bums me out sometimes. But I don't want to whine... I am definitely in a better mood than over the weekend, and I am feeling physically stronger as well, so life is good. I am going to a used bookstore/cafe with my oldest niece and my mother this afternoon, and my eldest brother's birthday dinner is this evening. I will fit my walk in in-between the two. I probably won't walk as long, but it helps with the blues if I walk, so I definitely want to fit in some exercise.

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 7/16/2011 1:47PM

    I just caught up on your blogs and I think you are doing great! You have an excellent attitude and that is a huge step! Keep up the good works! You Are Worth It! Progress is sometimes slow but those strides are HUGE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOGLADY13 7/16/2011 7:57AM

    Walking definitely helps improve your mood.

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Chapter 6/Weigh day results

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I started reading The Spark, and I am cruising through the reading, but the doing...? The big thing I see is setting goals. I don't think too far into the future, it frustrates me, but I can go a year or two forward. Long term (by 5/2013) I want to go to the British Virgin Islands with my eldest niece. In order for that to happen and me be comfortable with flying and swimsuits and such, I need to lose another 75+ lbs. So, that is two connected goals. In the next couple of months I want to have exercise and healthy eating become habits. To achieve that I will work on streaks of drinking my 8 cups of water every day for a month at a time, exercising 6 out of 7 days each week for a month at a time. I find I also need to set daily goals. To get up in a timely fashion, eat well, drink water, and do something active each day just for that day. I know I will have setbacks, and probably face the dreaded plateau, but I figure if I just do today what needs to be done today then I have a good chance of realizing my goals. It is already working for me, I am just more specific in why I am ding this now.

As for my weigh day results... I lost a pound. One whole pound rather than 1/2 a pound like I have the last couple of weeks. That is 21 pounds that I have dropped from what I have to carry around with me. Last night I managed a 19 min/mile pace again for almost 3 miles. I feel like I am making literal and figurative strides every day. It is encouraging to feel a difference in how I carry myself. My expectations are different too. I am more self-reliant, and if I get bored or lonely I can DO something rather than sit and do nothing.

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13STRAWBERRIES 7/15/2011 8:29AM

  You're doing great!

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