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My Day got Twisted

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I have had a good day so far. When I went to bed last night I got it in my head that i would walk an hour and a half today. I also decided I'd go to the Y for the elliptical workout I want to be doing once a week. I thought I might even swim on top of all that.

First thing this morning I got a text from my daughter that her husband's mom was in the ICU after having major emergency surgery last night, that lasted at least 5 hours. They hadn't heard what the outcome was, but to pray.

I took off for my walk, 72 and breezy out. Only the sun was very hot by 10 when I left. I really need to get going earlier for my walks. I almost cut it short, but was coaxed on by feeling a little of that breeze and saying to myself..."you can do it". Cutting it short when I was going to would have put me at 15 minutes total. I changed my music because the mix I was listening to just made me feel hot. Does anyone relate to that? Some noise or music contributes to the heat I perceive. I feel hot when I hear a window AC unit humming. I feel cooler with it off. Weird.. I know! Well I renewed my commitment to walking 1 1/2 hours. I got a stomach ache when I was almost done and again almost cut it short. I know I should bring water with me, but hate carrying it. I think that would've helped. I just eased up my pace and the ache went away. I made it! 90 minutes! YAY

I got home, hydrated and stretched...put my feet up too. Have to take care of those varicose veins. THEN, while I was thinking about what time I would go to the Y, and IF I was even going to go, I got a call from Emily, asking me to babysit so they could go to the hospital to be with Joel's mom. No word yet on her condition. They are keeping her sedated for the pain, huge incision involved.

Em brought Ajax and Daisy. He had just gotten his hearing aids last Friday, and I needed to be taught how to put them in and how to turn them off and on, since he'd be napping and potentially playing in water at our house. He may be here till bed time tonight. He is almost 3 and knows how to take them out, and did so at nap time. He likes wearing them so no fighting about that, thank goodness. I thought there would be a battle of the wills when he got them.

So, my decision about the Y was made for me. But I am grateful that I wasn't anticipating that I would be babysitting today (even though I got that text this am about the surgery), or else I may have cancelled my walk, thinking I needed to stay close to the house in case they were coming. That's totally how my mind works. I am going to take advantage of quiet moments, like I am right now. I can spark since they are both down for a nap, and I can get down and do push-ups and planks every chance I get. On Friday I did 6 sets of 60 push-ups throughout the day.

That's how my day has gone and it's only 2:40! I tend to eat when the children are playing,,,out of stress that I'm not doing a good job or some weird mental thing like that. So, say a prayer that I'll keep within calorie range!

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SHERIO5 5/31/2012 9:55AM

    I can relate to so much of what you wrote!

Your children and grandchildren are so blessed to have you in their lives! You got in some great cardio, and talked yourself into doing more when you didn't feel like it...good work!!!

I can relate to the stress eating, so if you figure that one out, PLEASE let me know!!! Sometimes chewing gum can distract me, I have put sugarless gum in a basket on my counter before, different flavors...sometimes it helps...


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EMILYJEN 5/30/2012 11:05PM

    Sounds like a challenging day. I added you as a friend as it looks like we have a lot in common. I have about 30 lbs to lose so the fact that you have made so much progress is very inspiring to me! My background is deaf education. I'm also a knitter and quilter (although fairly basic with both). And there were some other things that I can't remember now. Anyway, thanks for posting and I look forward to reading more of your blog posts!!! Hope MIL is okay and your daughter is lucky to have you to help with the kids, as I am with my mom who helps a lot with my two kids.


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KATD13 5/30/2012 9:10PM

    Great job on the 90 min. walk.

You can always get to the Y another day.
How fun to have the grandkids come over. My children have such wonderful memories of going to Gammies house. Wish she could have been able to see them grow up.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/30/2012 4:22PM

    emoticon on sticking it out and getting that walk done!

Enjoy the little ones! Hope the prognosis for your daughter's mother-in-law is good.

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/30/2012 3:22PM

    Sounds like a good day to me :) I will keep your daughters MIL in my thoughts.

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A Good Memorial Day Gathering

Monday, May 28, 2012

It was a great day!

Some moms are accustomed to pulling together a meal. I'm not one of those. It's only been since my kids all moved out that I started planning gatherings. Not real frequently, but I'm actually planning them and doing most of the cooking. By not frequently, I mean Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe three other times a year, mostly cookouts. Well, I'm not counting all the times when we come together for a birthday and order pizza.

Today, I am so proud of myself. I planned the menu so that I would be able to eat and be satisfied. I had turkey dogs, ears of corn and veggie kabobs all on the grill. I made a broccoli salad with a light dressing. I also made baked beans, but didn't eat any. I put out cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and grapes. I also baked K bars and made some sugar cookies, iced and decorated with red,white, and blue sprinkles. They were 1 1/2 inch star cookies, so I could have a couple and not go over my budget.

I started the day with a 30 minute walk, made my salad and laid out all the plates, napkins, serving dishes, etc. I was calm and relaxed. I was in charge of the grill. I soaked my ears of corn and got them on the grill. They were done to perfection.

My husband drove to get my mother-in-law, and he filled up the large kiddie pool. My son and his girlfriend came and since I was only serving water, he offered to go to the store and get ice and crystal light. I'm glad he did, because it went so good on this hot day. Better late than never, my daughter and her 8 and 9 year old children arrived. We ate shortly after they arrived. The only thing I forgot was to take the broccoli salad out of the fridge. I saw it while people were still talking at the table, and I had a few takers even though we were mostly done.

After our meal, my grandkids, who came in their swim suits, ran out to swim. I told them I'd put my suit on and let them splash me. Well, this was a big step for me...getting in front of my adult children and mother-in-law AND grandkids in my suit!! I climbed right in the pool with Abi and Eli. We had a blast. I got a little sunburned, and had fun just playing with the kids. SparkPeople has helped me realize that you're never too old to play. I'm so glad I did it. It kept me busy and away from the kitchen where on an occasion like this I'd keep grazing and would get into the sweets.

Duane and I took his mom home, it took us an hour. When we got home, the rest of the gang was still here, and my other daughter and her hubby and two kids had stopped by. (they were at his father's 70th birthday party.) We put on some old home movies. The kids like to see themselves now that they have kids the ages that they were in the movies.

I didn't feel like I had to pull out food for another meal, even though it was getting late. It had been a great day. All at once, the kids took off. My husband had cleaned up most of the kitchen earlier and washed the grill racks. We had very little left to do after they all left and we sat down and had something to eat. I chose to eat leftovers and he made himself a smoothie.

I was spending a little time on SP just now, and writing my blog...now, before bed, I'm going to go upstairs and bike. ( I usually don't work out at night, but I just feel like moving around a bit since we ate dinner late) My husband just informed me that he's going to bed. It's 9:00 and now I'm not so sure I should work out. I always go to bed with him. Well....Here goes! I AM going to bike!


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_JODI404 5/29/2012 11:17AM

    emoticon You should be proud, sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family!! Playing and enjoying those grandkids -- great decision!!

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SHERIO5 5/29/2012 8:31AM

    Wow! I see so many positives in this blog of yours, my friend!!!

You planned and carried out a healthy meal (feast!) AND you didn't get stressed out in the process! You enjoyed the meal, but didn't eat to stay busy.

You PLAYED!!! Woo-hoo!!!

I hope you feel super proud of yourself!


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BLUE42DOWN 5/29/2012 12:34AM


Sounds like an incredibly successful family gathering.

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Victory with my motivators

Thursday, May 24, 2012

So far the plan to reward myself with a mini-goal reward is helping. I decided to make a chart and mark it with a rubber stamp on each day I eat within range for calories. I've made it 4 out of 4 days, now, and at week's end I will have earned myself a new magazine to read. I've started reading the covers of magazines on the shelf, trying to find one I will buy on next Monday when I WILL have made it a full week without going over. YAY!

What has been helping me be motivated with my exercising is the chart I made with all my options for workouts, and the days of the week. I find myself striving to mark off more than one activity each day, and have managed to walk each day this week on top of another workout, and sometimes I've done more than that. No rewards involved in this, I'm just motivated by seeing lots of marks on my chart. Instead of marking the spot with a checkmark, I fill in the square with the amt of minutes I did that activity, which also motivates me to try to beat myself in time spent each workout.

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SHERIO5 5/25/2012 11:09AM

    It sounds like you've found a winner! Great work! emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/25/2012 8:13AM

    AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

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Great job!

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_JODI404 5/24/2012 9:13PM

    That sounds like a great, motivating plan to me! I like to see the results visually too! I add a new post it note to my stack for each day of my 10mins streak. Sometimes I draw more on it, add stickers etc to make it cute/fun.

Way to go on finding something that works well for you to give you that little extra push you needed!

Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend ahead!!!

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No loss, but no guilt

Monday, May 21, 2012

The only reasons I feel ok about not losing any weight this week, is that, first of all, I followed my chart and I know by looking at it that I did my best in getting my workouts in, which reminds me that I am doing good things for my body. Next, when I look back over my week, I had many occasions when I looked in the mirror and was satisfied with what I saw. I felt pretty this week, and I felt like I was a healthy size for my frame. I don't feel fat!

It also helped this week, that I got a compliment from my former boss, who often is critical of overweight people,( which only feeds my fear of rejection if I weigh even a little too much.) In that way, she is not good for me to be around, but she's 90 and lonely, so I get together with her once and a while to have lunch and walk around the mall.

I didn't do my best in avoiding sweets this week, but I'm not going on a guilt trip about it. I had 4 days that I went over my calorie limit, but stayed well under on the other 3. I feel like a mini reward for each day that I stay within goal might get me back on track. Any ideas on a good mini reward that I could either award myself each day preferably? or even for making it a whole week I could collect my award at the end of a week. I have become very consistent at weighing only once a week by awarding myself $5 for every time I wait a week. I had been obsessed with the scale. I still am tempted to use it again after Monday, but the $ keeps me motivated.

Hope you all have a great day and a successful, healthy week!

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_JODI404 5/22/2012 7:49PM

    Looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see is *awesome*!!!

Compliments from Shirley were icing on the cake!!

Can't think of any reward suggestions ~ sorry!

Hope you have a fabulous week!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 3:34AM

    I never did very well at coming up with mini-rewards, but perhaps as SHERIO5 mentioned, sometimes making a free time activity the reward can work.

Silly, perhaps, but the first thing to cross my mind was stars / stickers - the way teachers do in lower grades or parents sometimes do for younger children. But the base idea might work if you play with it a little. For example, a vision collage can be built from one picture or mantra a day. You could pick one out each day that you succeed in staying in range and add it to your collage, building your vision image by image.

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SHERIO5 5/21/2012 12:51PM

    I have a difficult time coming up with mini-rewards too...but one I've tried lately is rewarding myself with a magazine purchase, or an extra hour of "fun" reading or dvd watching.

I'm glad you are able to see yourself as a healthy person and kept from being upset with yourself for less than perfection. It sounds like you are getting close to "balance"! I'm happy for you, makes me inspired!

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New tool to help myself get fitness minutes.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Not only did I walk 90 minutes, I remembered to do ST, circuit style, for the second time this week. I've been only doing it once a week and I know that ST is key to helping my fitness level. I start out the week with good intentions, and then as the week goes on I put it off.

Last weekend I made a chart, with a list of all the different activities I do as workouts. I made spaces to mark off how many minutes I do of any of the items on any particular day. So far I've been very motivated by it. Up till now I've just kept in my mind what options I have and choose something each day. This way I'm finding myself doing more than one item each day and I'm getting more fitness minutes in, partly because it's all right before my eyes and I'm reminded of my options. It's also helping that I have more time since I'm not working.

I love lists and journals and charts. For some reason they motivate me. I'm sure others can relate. And I'm sure there are others who can't!
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KATD13 5/22/2012 7:06PM

    Great Job!
I'm with you, love charts. They motivate some crazy competitive OCD in me ~ LOL.

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NUTRON3 5/18/2012 7:49AM

    Great idea!

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SHERIO5 5/17/2012 10:26PM

    I'm glad you are finding a system that motivates you, so important, as I'm sure you know!!! Whatever it takes!! When I first started working out (in my 20's) regularly, I put the type of exercise I needed to do on my calendar, so cardio or strength...I got so much satisfaction out of highlighting that I completed the workout on my calendar!!! Kinda like my "to do list", I love crossing things off!!!

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GREENEYEDGIRL4 5/17/2012 5:30PM


I just started doing a daily activity list with little boxes to check off the things I have done for the day. It has really helped to motivate me more also.

I need to make a fitness log with all the different exercises like you did. I think that would help me quite a bit.

Good luck with your journey.


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