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Hopped on a bike!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I've been eyeing up my husband's bike this week, ever since my son dropped it off at the house on Saturday. I haven't got one of my own and usually the one or two we've had at the house are up on a bike rack, not tempting at all. But these few days it has been sitting right in the path to the door. It has been 18 years or so since I've been on a bike, maybe quite a bit linger, since I haven't had my own bike since the 1980s. Well lets just say I haven't been on a bike in 20 years so I was a little worried I'd wobble and fall. I was an avid biker in my teens and 20s, I used to bike to my boyfriend's house, a 3 hr ride through the country. We got married and moved to a big city, Boston, and rode our bikes around the city, though that was a very scary experience.

Well, I didn't wobble and I took off. I didn't want to go on the busy streets, so I just circled around close to home. I had hoped to try it out for a 5 minute ride, just to see how it went. I'm not sure if the bumping around or the angle of my back was a good thing for my back problems, another reason I didn't want to stay on too long. I timed myself and was out for 7 minutes. If we had a good path nearby, I would love to go for a ride.

So I'm thrilled with myself. I stepped out and did something different. After all the walking I did the last couple of days, i was sore and not sure I would do anything fitness wise today. Earlier on Facebook, SP had posted a 20 minute yoga video. That sounded like just the thing for my sore muscles. It was all stretching and a little Pilates. Felt good.

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 3/28/2012 7:27PM

    Good for you doing something outside your comfort zone. Maybe you can go for a ride on your vacation

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AMANDASHRINKING 3/28/2012 1:35AM

    thats awesome hun Im scared to try it again as well becauses its been like 13 years for me but the boyfriend wants to go for bie rides with me he thinks it would be good family fun or a fun get out of the house date....might just have to do it!!
thanks for the push to try something again

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BABY_GIRL69 3/27/2012 7:03PM

    I haven't rode a bike in so long... Hubby & kids go to the trail every year & I just sit at home with my workouts. I don't like the bugs and that stops. But once I had an experience where a guy touched me while I was riding away on my bike. Yeah I was pretty cute back in the day but it traumatized me. I just don't want to be so vulnerable to people, the elements or whatever. I know I'm a BIG baby but I am glad you step out & did something different.

God bless & thanks for the inspiration!

Dee

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KASPARFAN 3/27/2012 4:49PM

    I recently started riding the bike again with my hubby. I don't have back problems, but my shoulder blades and butt bones were very sore the day after! I've tried to be a trooper, though, and we rode for 3 or 4 days straight. Yesterday, I finally said that I had to walk instead of riding the bike! My tush needs a rest! haha! But I hope that you're able to comfortably squeeze a little bike time in here and there! :)

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BETHGETSHEALTHY 3/27/2012 4:11PM

    way to go!

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An uphill climb! and a big decision made.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

We went to Asheville on Saturday. I was thinking that with the 2.5 hr drive each way and the visiting, I wouldn't get my exercising in for the day. Figured it would have to be a break day. But Abi, my 7 year old granddaughter, said to me when I first arrived,"Gramma, you want to take a walk?" I was thrilled because the only place there to take a walk was up a major hill, on the side of a mountain! We visited inside for a little and then I asked her if she was still wanting to take that walk. She was excited and we took off running at first. (I don't run as a rule, because of back issues, but the excitement just inspired me and so did being out with an exuberant 7 year old. We only ran a little while. I timed our walk and it turned out that we climbed steady for 9 minutes. Good mini workout. Of course we talked about all the things we saw blooming, I saw a chipmunk, she pointed out a bird, she stopped and picked a flower. We kept an eye on the neighbor's donkey, and just had a wonderful time together. The trip back down took 8 minutes, and all told it was a 17 minute walk. Every minute of it fun. Oh, as they say it's good to "play" or be a kid again. Abi and I skipped for a while, too. I definitely felt younger in doing so.

Today, I started out doing ST. I'm up to 60 pushups in a set. I keep meaning to take a walk but my butt is dragging. I figured out that I hadn't eaten enough calories by 2 and was walking without any energy when I walked through a home improvement store with my hubby. He pointed out that I may need to eat more and asked me if I wanted to go to the DQ. I thought that sounded good, but I felt like I probably needed some healthy fare. When we got near the DQ, he said maybe you want Subway. I agreed, and we went and had sandwiches. Then I got a small cone at the DQ. Now I feel revived and will take my walk as soon as I let dinner settle a little while. I've been keeping my calories up in general, and I don't know why today was different.

One thing is I had an ok amount of sleep, 8 hrs, but I slept different hours than usual. 1-9. I was discombobulated for the first hour I was awake. I believe keeping a regular sleep schedule is beneficial, now that I experienced what I did today. The reason I stayed awake so late last night, I think, was partly because I took my night pills so late in the evening, and then I got involved in reading a book that was exciting and fast paced. Hard to put down.

Friday, I finally told Shirley that I was no longer going to be coming over to drive her and help her. I was getting paid to do things that her daughters should be doing for her. I was getting nervous having her out by myself, since she fell and got that concussion and then last week had a severe asthma attack in Sears, without any inhaler. She didn't even own one.

Twenty years ago I was taking a 78 year old neighbor to a Walmart and she had a heart attack and died while I was with her. So I was starting to fear the possibility that Shirley who is 90 could die in my arms as well. I'm not personally afraid of dying. I just don't like the helpless feeling and the bewilderment that comes with being with someone who has something like this happen to them. I feel that maybe I am being prepared for something like this to happen with me while I'm with one of my parents. I don't know, maybe I just let fear get the best of me and I quit Shirley for no good reason. There were other factors involved. Some problems with her being deceitful in a blatant way in front of me. I don't tolerate that very well. And she was doing a lot of judging of people based on their weight, which didn't set well with me. I tried to help her to have compassion on others and help her think about things from another perspective, but she is set in her way of thinking at 90 years old. I just was concerned about her lying to me and judging me by how I look physically. She has commented on my weight, in a way that made me feel critiqued.

We are still friends and so far we have been emailing each other. I plan to stop by to see her now and then. I've been with her for 5 years so we have an attachment to each other. I cried when I told her I was quitting, as I knew how I would be missing her and she is so dependent on me. It was a situation where I enabled her, so there was some unhealthy aspects to out time together. It was a big decision, but I think it is the right one for me.

I think my meal is settled and I am ready to walk now...





  
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_JODI404 3/25/2012 10:04PM

    I absolutely love Asheville! We had such a lovely time when we were there. Sounds like a really nice visit you had!

Good for you for making this big decision with Shirley! It was great when you reduced your hours... but it still left you in a position to carry more responsibility with her aging/failing health than you should have to do. I'm sure it wasn't easy...but it sounds like you really care and will keep the friendship connected at a level you are comfortable with. I'm happy for you... more time for yourself too!

And I am always so impressed with your push ups. Push ups are NO joke! I will not tell you what fraction of that # I can do with my trainer! It is going to take a long time to build up that strength!! Way to go.... I think you my just underestimate how awesome that really is!

Hope you have a fabulous week ahead, with even more "me" time to fill!

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SHERIO5 3/25/2012 7:44PM

    How fun that you and your grand-daughter got to walk together! You wouldn't be doing that if your weren't in such good condition these days! Yay you!!!

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HDHAWK 3/25/2012 5:41PM

    You have to do what's best for you in the end. I've been tutoring and can still use the extra money, but I told the parent last week I wouldn't be tutoring anymore. I dreaded the time it took every week. It was a relief to be done.

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 3/25/2012 5:41PM

    WOW you are in better shape than me with all that walking. Im proud of you finally facing the need to quit working for your friend and that you have taken the high road.

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BJPENNY70 3/25/2012 4:54PM

    I loved your blog. Having fun with you grand-daughther is a sweet moment in time for you to remember. Plus you got a good walk in. It is understandable how you feel about having another person that age in your care. They are so fragile and can easily be injuried. I agree if she has daughters, they should take time to help her. Someone that age is usually set in their ways. They were not raised to be PC and it is almost impossible to change their thinking process. It sounds like her doctors were neglectful in caring for her asthma, if she didn't even have an inhaler. I bet you were terrified. Keep up the good work with you exercise. God bless you and your husband. emoticon

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Greenways are fun!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

OH Happy Day!

First thing this morning my daughter asked me to go on a walk with her on the greenway in the city. I was so excited to be able to exercise with her and get to see my grandbabies all at the same time! I had never walked on any of the greenway before, so I was happy to see all the nature, even though it is in the city. We walked for 45 minutes at a great pace. I took over the stroller for her on a big hill, she was tiring and I was going strong...I felt my strength carry me through. Amazing considering 8 months ago I had a weak back and probably a very weak core. We ended up needing to feed the kids, so we stopped at a place called ZoŽ's kitchen.I'd never been there before. It was greek so I ordered a veggie pizza on a pita, and was surprised when they brought it out with a salad. It was a great salad, with nothing fattening in it. I always said I hated feta cheese, though I had never had it. But I tasted it on this salad and really liked it. So I got to try something new today. I ate 1.5 pieces of the pizza and shared it with my daughter, and grandson. The last piece went home to share with my son-in-law along with the rest of Emily's salad. She doesn't eat much. She is getting really thin, chasing after two toddlers and sharing her meals with her hubby. I worry that she doesn't eat enough though I know she eats healthfully. She's a vegetarian and a very creative cook.

I got home and decided to read my spark emails on my iPhone, and also flip through the 4 Avon catalogs I ended up with when I got an order last night. I don't want to buy any more avon, but I didn't want to just throw the catalogs a way. So while I did those two things, I made laps around in the house, to rack up as many steps as I can. Why sit when I can walk?!

  
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SHERIO5 3/23/2012 1:57PM

    You are awesome, turning some family time into some active family time!!!

Your lunch sounds great too! I love feta cheese, I think it has lots of great protein without a lot of fat too...always a plus!

Glad you are enjoying your family!

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_JODI404 3/22/2012 9:02PM

    Your walk on the greenway and lunch sound so lovely!!

Way to go on racking up those pedometer steps!!

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Trip to Hawai'i coming up soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hope you are all enjoying good weather like we are here. I needed to get my swim in for the week today. I did that, but I also decided it was so beautiful out I would also walk. Plus my pedometer was screaming at me to rack up some steps. It was 81 out when I walked. I should've brought water with me, since 45 minutes into the walk I started getting a stomach ache. Overheating I think. I just hate carrying water, when I need my hands for controlling my iPod. Changing albums etc. I also should do my walking in the morning while it's still cooler. I didn't walk until 3:00 today. Have to be smart about these things.

We are going to Hawaii to see my son and his family on the 4th of April till the 12th. We've never been before. Can't wait! Little Ingrid has her first birthday the day before Easter. We wanted to be there for that. There will be cake. I'll have to plan for that. There will be a pool at the inn where we are staying, but it will be salt water. I don't know how I feel about getting saltwater on my lips. It won't be a lap pool anyway, so it's not like I will be putting my face in it. But I will try to do some water aerobics. We also will be walking to and from the Inn and Jon's place. I hope it's far enough to get a good walk in, though I think it's only a matter of a few blocks. Jon is seeking out some good hiking trails to take us on. Many of them are difficult with rocks to climb over. But they will have to go on easier courses since one of them will be carrying Ingrid in a carrier. They also know of some quiet beaches, that have calm waters where I could get some swimming in. Again, I'll have to figure out how much I like getting saltwater in my mouth. Here on the NC beaches I've only body surfed, not getting water in my mouth. And when i have tasted the water, if it accidentally got on my lips, I didn't care for it. I know I'm probably just being silly. We also will probably snorkel to see the beautiful fish. I've never experienced that before either. It's a 6 hour time difference between here and there. I will have to get my medicines on an adjusted schedule. Changes in medicine timing could throw me off emotionally (Psych meds), but I'm having a positive attitude about it and will be kind to myself, eat well and sleep well, I hope. I'm sure I'll have lots of opportunity to have fish. I love fish. Fruit should be abundant, too.

Time for hubby to be pulling in the driveway, so I'll sign off for now!

  
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KAUAI-CAROLANN 3/29/2012 6:17AM

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Hawaii!! I live on Kauai so I know how much fun each island can be. I was a little leary of a salt water pool, but they are actually quite wonderful! Not nearly as salty as one would think, just barely in fact!
Getting used to the salty ocean is another thing, but it doesn't take long to to get used to it either. I do a lot of doggie paddling/treading water in the waves and it's quite the workout!
Hope your visit is fabulous!

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 3/24/2012 9:56PM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great time.

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SHERIO5 3/21/2012 7:56PM

    How fun, and you'll get to see the grandbaby too!

You will have to let me know how you like Hawaii. My daughter and son-in-law just got his orders today, (Army) and after his deployment finishes in Afghanistan they will be going to Hawaii.

Good job on getting a workout in on a warm one...it takes a while to get used to working out in the heat again, so maybe your tummy was complaining about the abrupt change?
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_JODI404 3/21/2012 12:14AM

    Oh..... it sounds like paradise!!! What an awesome long vacation.... nice!!!

Great job planning ahead on your fitness already! I'm sure you will be loving all the fish available there!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/20/2012 6:02PM

    Enjoy yourself!

God bless,

Dee

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GONEWLIFE 3/20/2012 4:56PM

    Have a great vacation !

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Full Day already, emotionally speaking, weight loss included!

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's only 10 o'clock and I feel like it's 3 in the afternoon. Ok, I guess when you wake up at 4:45 instead of 7:30 more can happen by 10. I have no idea why I was wide awake so early after only sleeping 5.5 hrs, especially when I usually require 9 hrs of sleep. Maybe I was just excited to get the day started since I don't have to work either job today. A day all to myself. My main plan for the day was to read (I have two novels I'm reading right now.) And to either go on a long walk or swim or do both.

I read until 11 last night, not so late. I planned on sleeping till 8. Usually (since I drink SO GOSH DARN MUCH) I have to pee at 1. and again at 4, and then I make it till I get up. I envy people who can sleep without having to get up and pee in the middle of the night, multiple times! BUT I drank a little less yesterday, and looking back I realized the only caffeine I had was before 11 AM, and I managed to sleep straight through from 11 to 4:45. Felt like a whole night to me! Maybe that's why I was so ready to get going so early. Uninterrupted sleep is better quality sleep, I believe. I am going to try for a repeat performance tonight.

Being so wide awake, after laying there trying to make myself go back to sleep, I turned on my light and picked up my book with the intention of finishing it. I read for 3 hours and accomplished just that. I never lie in bed and read in the morning. It was a fun luxury. A treat. I normally can't pick up a book and concentrate enough to read until after 3 in the afternoon. I'm too busy thinking about stuff, making plans, exercising and doing errands.

When I woke up I remembered it was weigh in day for me, so I waited till 9 when I was done reading. YAY I lost 1.5 pounds! Happy Day, though it's part of the 2.5 I gained over Valentines and my birthday weeks. (I've discovered my candy weakness lies in Valentines Day candy. Boxed Chocolates to be specific.) My pedometer has been put to good use over the last two weeks. I average 12,000 steps a day. But i wasn't doing that before I got the gadget. I compete against my numbers, setting a goal at 10,000 steps. So I think the increase in walking is helping me. And I recently had an increase in my calorie intake, due to recalculations of my goals. So whatever happened, I'm happy for it.

After I weighed myself I remembered I needed to go to the Lab to get blood work done. I have to have it done fasting, and it's so hard to remember not to eat and it gets put off till I finally remember. I felt like I was doing pretty good since it's not even been a week since I saw the Dr and got my lab sheet. I've been known to take a couple of months to get my tail in to the lab. My tests are for thyroid, and cholesterol, and liver testing (since I take tons of medicines for bipolar, they have to be sure my liver is handling it all) I get them done 2 times a year, down from 4 times a year since I'm doing better with my cholesterol.

I went without eating and without taking my morning meds (have to be taken with food) and grabbed a 4 cup water bottle I had in the fridge, drove to the lab, only 5 minutes from here. When I got there I remembered that they had moved. In the parking lot I called my insurance to ask them where they moved to. They now only have a location down town. So I asked what other options I had in network. All the locations are around 45 minutes drive. I'm not getting up in the morning and going out the door without food in my stomach for a long drive and wait at a lab! There's a lab (out of network, though) right in the building where my Dr is, all 5 minutes from home. I'm sure I sound like a spoiled brat right about now! I called my husband and fell apart, crying about it. I never did like this health plan we got last year. Cheapest options aren't all they're cracked up to be. I told my husband that I may just stop getting blood testing done altogether unless I have symptoms pointing in any changes in my thyroid status. I've been stable for a long time. Cholesterol has been good recently hovering around 200. I know they like it lower than that, but considering my triglycerides have run as high as 1300(!) when I was over 200 pounds, I'm doing fine. After all I'm losing weight and exercising and eating better. I am on medicines and need my liver checked. I suppose I could pay the out of network fees once a year. Probably wouldn't be that expensive.

My husband was a good sounding board and said you just need to eat! Little did he know I never went back to sleep after he left for work at 5:45. So I was really in need of nourishment. He encouraged me to stop and get a bacon egg and cheese biscuit on my way home at Bojangles. I almost did, too, but home is so close, and I had already in my head mapped out my meals for the day and I decided to not let this get in the way of my plan. Plus I just lost weight as of this morning and I want the trend to continue this week!

I just got a text from hubby telling me that he's getting a raise starting in April! Wow! that's exciting and totally unexpected with the economy the way it is. He is a really hard worker and a valued employee. I''m proud of him.

Well, ups and downs for me today. I could use a little less excitement for the rest of the day. I'm happy though about the weight loss and the raise.

It's 11 o'clock and I finished my coffee. No more caffeine for me today!



  
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AMANDASHRINKING 3/20/2012 10:54AM

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_JODI404 3/19/2012 10:50PM

    I am SO not a morning person!!! I normally do drink so much water that I have to get up once in the early AM hours. I try to sleep walk, and stay as asleep as I can. One of my cats super stalks me and is all over me to pet her the whole time... most of the time I can manage to get right back to sleep, thankfully. If not, I'll keep trying, even if to no avail. I just have to have all the sleep I can possibly get.

Your morning in bed reading sounds really lovely!

Congrats on your weight loss!!! Woo~hooo!!! That is enough goodness to balance out the negative in the day! AWESOME!!!
And then hubby's raise on top!!
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The lab work drama was a bummer! Hopefully you can sort that out and get it done. It sounds like it is important to keep up with that, even if it is inconvenient. If you are planning for it instead of thrown a curve ball like today it may go a lot better.

Congrats on all the goodness going on today!!
Hope the rest of the day was enjoyable and that you have a great week ahead!

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SHERIO5 3/19/2012 1:26PM

    I love to read as well, so spending some time reading today sounds delightful!

Sorry you are having to drive so far for lab work, I've had times where I've had to get my blood drawn every week with health issues...not fun...especially the fasting part!

Hope you can enjoy the rest of your day, maybe a nap? Always a treat!

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