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What a week! This is LONG!

Friday, January 08, 2010

OK, can you believe there was two days in a row that I actually forgot to exercise?!? It didn't even occur to me. Not once, all day long. Does that give you a clue on what kind of a week it has been?
I hesitate to say some of this but I think this site no one knows me or my family and I know I would feel better getting it all written down.
Let's see, where to start... We could start the day after Christmas, my husbands brother who leaves in Colorado (I live in Indiana) called us to say that he had just visited their mom in Michigan. Their mom has Huntington's Disease and lives with another brother, we will call him JL (there are 9 kids in all). CO brother says he believed that JL needed a break and he wanted mom to move somewhere else at least temporarily. Well my husband and I had since a few small things that we didn't like so we agreed with CO Bro. Long story short we started talking to other members of the family and they all saw the same and different things. We decided we didn't like what was happening to mom. One brother the eldest didn't really want anything to do with the whole thing. Then CO Bro wrote an email describing exactly what he saw on Christmas day. What he wrote was horrible. My mother-in-law is being abused and neglected. None of the rest of us saw the whole picture. We always went to see mom, we spent a very short amount of time in the house and would take mom out of the house and spend the day with her, to give JL and his wife a break. Well the good news is that mom will be living the house this weekend. The Eldest is going to get her and we will be driving up to MI to get mom next weekend. Then we or another Brother that lives in Indiana will take her half way to CO (Kansas City) and CO Bro will get her from there. I am having a very difficult time with why I didn't see this. JL and wife have been taking care of mom for 2 years now. How long this has been going on, I do not know and I am heart broken over the whole thing. What must mom think of all of her children who let this go on?
Besides all of that going on both of my kids have been sick and both of our cars were broken into on Monday night. The only thing i have of any value in my car was my GPS and my husband keeps nothing in his. Obviously if whoever was willing to be out in the middle of the night in 5 degree weather than he needed it more than I. I am just more upset about it was a gift and with my husband being laid off for 4 months now we don't have the money to replace it.
Anyway, I am not quite at ease yet. I will be when we get mom to CO Bro. The kids are better though and my husband has a lunch with someone who maybe able to hire him. Things are looking up.
Thanks for Reading.

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JENKEVBRAD 1/9/2010 12:37PM

  Liz, sorry to hear all that has been going on... I know some days it feels like when it rains, it pours, and that stinks! As far as job, cars, just keep thinking the only from here is up! Regarding your m-in-law, I understand. Although I have an uncle that lives closest to grandma, I am 2nd closest and my dad is 3rd (opp end of town). My other aunt and uncle see her occasionally when they come in to town, and the uncle that lives closest to her prob sees her the least. It seems my dad and I are the ones visiting most, taking her places, answering her calls etc... the others have little clue as to her day to day life. The opposite is my mother in law - she too lives in Michigan, minutes away from one bro-in law, 2 hours from my sis and law, we live 3rd furthest (about 3 hours), and then my other 2 bro in laws live in TN. The ones that live minutes tell us her condition, but my husband doesn't get it. He thinks she is only sick when people come to visit her, but my sis in law says no, she is sick almost every day. When you aren't there, it's hard to know what is really going on, but it's not anybody's fault, you just do what you can. Getting your mother in law out of the abuse and neglect is better late than never, and I am sure she doesn't blame you guys. It's great that despite everything else going on in your own home, that are you finding the means to help her get to your CO brother-in-law. That's what counts! I pray that your journey is safe and also that your husband finds employment soon. And also don't feel guilty about not finding time to excersize, there are people that don't have half of that going on in their lives yet they choose not to excersize! emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 1/8/2010 9:36PM

    What a lot you've had going on! Take care. And best wishes to hubby regarding the job!

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    Wow, sounds like you've had a lot going on in your life. So sorry to hear about what's been happening to your DH's mom. You can't blame yourself for not seeing this as you are so far away. I think it's wonderful that you have all got together to resolve this problem. At least you know now that your Mom will be happy and taken care of. God Bless you for that. I'm also so sorry to hear about your cars being broken into and your gps stolen. Having had my purse stolen, I understand how angry it can make you when someone steals from you, especially when it's something you received as a gift. A camera my DH bought me was in my purse that was stolen and that probably made me madder than anything.

Glad to hear your husband has a possible job; I hope he gets it. Keep thinking positive and things will get better.
Cindy emoticon

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4MEKELL 1/8/2010 8:56AM

    Caring for elderly people is very difficult and you should not blame yourself for what's been going on in MI. The important thing is that you've all figured it out and are getting mom to a better place. Be careful on your trip and many positive vibes are being sent your way.

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Here we go!

Monday, January 04, 2010

OK I have been thinking about this for awhile and now it is time to put it out there as a reminder to keep me accountable!
Here are my resolutions for the next 12 months. Some of these are my personal things and some are health related:

1. Track food for at least 3 days a week (every meal) - I tend to do a meal here and there and since I pretty much eat the same thing all the time I don't see the need to do it everyday but it will help keep me accountable if i know i have to track the piece of candy or cookie!
2. At LEAST 270 fitness minutes per week. I will probably do more than that in the summer but i tend to slack towards the end of the year.
3. Go hiking outdoors at local nature preserves in my area at least 10 times through out the year. We have some wonderful areas here near my hometown I need to utilize them!
4. Walk 13.1 miles during Fort4Fitness in Sept 2010. Yes that is a half marathon!
5. Read Daily Devotional - someone gave me a year long book and the least i can do is use it!
6. Read at least 12 books this year. that is one a month - should be easy to do!
7. Cut down computer time at home to no more than 2 hours a day (this could be the hardest one!)
8 Make time to email or call my 3 BFF on a more regular basis. Not just through a line out on FB every now and again!

So there you go! In a year I will let you know how I did! Or better, feel free to ask me how I am doing at any point this year!! I love that accountability!!

Thanks for Reading!

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SPARKNMOM 1/5/2010 10:36PM

    Lots of great goals here!! I look forward to seeing your continued progress!!

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GOODGETNBETR 1/5/2010 1:13AM

    Consider it done. I like a lot of the goals on your list like the reading and definitely feel you on the computer time, such a time waster. I lost too many workouts to Sparkin. This is a great site but it distract us from the reason that brought many of us here. Anyway, good luck striving and hitting the marks.

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December 8 - 24 Days until 2010

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

So here we are. "Another year over, a new one just began." As one of my favorite Christmas song goes. I am sitting here reflecting on the last 12 months. I have come a long way, worked hard and reached my goal. Then I slacked big time and gained about 5-6 lbs back. I have been beating myself up for the last couple of months for not exercising on a regular basis and letting my sugar addiction come back in, but really, have I done so bad really?? At the beginning of the year I made a goal for my exercise minutes of 12,035 minutes, well I have pretty much shattered that goal. To date I have 14,518! So I can't be doing that bad right?! I have often told my friends and team mates not to beat themselves up. This is not an easy journey, but no journey worth taking is very easy, is it? Yet I don't think twice about only looking at what I am doing wrong and not what I am doing right!
So as I start thinking about what my goals will be for 2010 one I know for sure is to do the best that I can everyday, but if that doesn't happen NO BEATING MYSELF UP!!
Happy Holidays my friends and thanks for reading.

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CHBADILLO 12/9/2009 6:22AM

    NO beating yourself up you're right. We can only take one day at time and focus on the moment. You've done great and you'll be back on track in no time! :)

2010 is going to be AWESOME for ALL of us :)

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GOODGETNBETR 12/8/2009 11:43PM

    Happy holidays to you too! And you have come along way but the physical is just one facet of personal change and I would even say the easiest one to change. Look at the Biggest Loser, if you move someone enough they're gonna lose weight. The real trick then is to master ourselves for the long term and that journey, like staying healthy, is a lifelong one. Stay strong and stay in the fight!


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SPARKNMOM 12/8/2009 11:09PM

    Fabulous stats this past year! I'm needing to get serious again...but like you, won't beat myself up when it gets rough. I plan to seriously recommit after the new year - but I'm still mostly on track until then as well.

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NEXTYEAR 12/8/2009 4:04PM

    Congratulations on exceeding your goals!

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Still here

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I haven't been doing any exercising so to speak but I have been re-doing my living room. I tore up carpet, filled holes, taped and moved furniture. I am feeling pretty good. I have been slowly getting my eating habits back in line.
Everything is good. I get on about once a day to spin and check out the introduction threads. I post my spin points and water intake every couple days. This is going to be a very busy season and I have decided if I can stay within my goal range through the end of the year I will reward myself with my first tattoo. I am 36 years old and have wanted one for the last 5-10 years so I am going to do it!
Thanks for reading!

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GOODGETNBETR 11/19/2009 10:58PM

    Way to go with the renovation! Sounds like plenty of work. Good luck with your goal and your new ink ;)

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SPARKNMOM 11/19/2009 9:52PM

    Sounds like you're doing well. My exercise motivation is lacking as of late, but I'll get there....eventually!!

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November 1 - On my way back

Monday, November 02, 2009

This weekend was a great weekend!! Especially yesterday, it was so relaxing! I forgot to set my clock back on Saturday so I got up an hour earlier than I needed to but luckily I realized it before I got the rest of the family up! After lunch I took a nap for an hour (got my hour back! LOL). The kids cleaned up their toy room without fighting (for the most part). My darling husband cooked dinner for me! It was a great relaxing Sunday that I don't get very often!

Last week I logged 0 fitness minutes! That is right zero! Though I am not exactly happy with that it was part of a plan. I went back to the basics of the SP program. I started logging my food again. I didn't do it everyday, but more than not. I realized I am eating what I am supposed to for the most more but I have those days when I just way over do it.
I haven't put that much weight back on since my goal back in July. But I have gone back into some pretty bad habits. Staying up to late, barely getting up in the morning. Eating whatever I want and how much I want while making excuses to myself as to why I deserve to over eat. My energy level has dipped pretty low in the last month as well. I have found that my patience is pretty low and my temper is pretty quick. All the above things are much like they where before January when I started this journey. This is not the way I want to live my life and my loved ones don't deserve it!
So yesterday I got back on my treadmill! I walked for 42 minutes. It felt good and it warmed me up (i was cold almost all day before that! LOL). I felt great about myself and my husband told me he was proud of me! So this morning I was back on it. The whole time change threw me. I didn't climb into bed until 11 last night and I had a hard time getting to sleep but this morning it wasn't to hard getting out of bed at 5 am. I walked for another 40 minutes before going to work. I think I will continue slow 30-45 minutes every morning, then next week go up to 45 - 60 minutes like I was before falling off the wagon. It seems to me that I seem to lose focus whenever I try to get off the treadmill and do something else (strength namely) so I think I might bring my free weights on the treadmill with me and do different exercises while I am walking. One thing that I am concerned about is that I am having a lot of pain in my hips during andright after I walk. This is something I dealt with from time to time and it eventually subsided to just a slight discomfort while walking and no pain after. I hope it gets that way again. Because it is really bad to walk around like a 80 year old when you are only 36 and weigh 118 (currently!!)!!!!!

I am on my way back. I will not fail. I am doing this for ME!!

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SPARKNMOM 11/6/2009 9:57PM

    Wow...118!! That's great! : ) I really wish I could focus so I could maintain at that weight. I'll get there! And how sweet of hubby to encourage you like that!! Awesome. I need to get back to exercising too.

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GOODGETNBETR 11/3/2009 12:50AM

    Way to go with getting back on the wagon (always think of that Seinfeld skit about falling off the wagon :) Anyway, I too get the tightness in the hip flexors after long walks. Usually means I'm not stretching or I'm not working the opposing muscles enough. Your numbers sound great and you should be feeling better so good luck and don't give up the fight!


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