Tuesday, July 01, 2014
So here we are in the mountains again! We took 2 days getting up here. I caravanned up with my brother and his family, so it was a lot easier trip for me. We stopped in Canyon on the way and visited the Palo Duro Canyon and saw the play "Texas!" We had a great time, but it was a long drive...10 hours in the car and then the play after that! It took about 6 more hours the next day to get here, but it feels so good to be back in the cool mountain air!
I took it easy our first day up here, but decided to try one of my favorite hikes today. The trail goes along the Red River, so you can hear the river waters and it was so peaceful and refreshing. I did much better than I thought I would, considering my weight gain from last year and being much more out of shape! Evidently, I haven't lost as much "fitness" as I thought! I am planning to take this hike everyday, so I will post pictures later.
I finished my first week on our 5% Challenge and had a 2.5 pound loss! I was not as active posting on the challenge boards as I would have liked, but we had a busy week with all the traveling. Oh, I forgot to mention, my husband and I took an Anniversary trip to the Hill Country last week and I only had 1 day before we had to leave for our trip up to the mountains! We had a wonderful time celebrating our 24th Anniversary.
I am enjoying visiting with my DD1, who moved up here permanently a few months ago! She is living in her own apartment and doing things I never dreamed she would do! She is an amazing young lady!
Tomorrow's agenda includes a morning hike, tennis in the afternoon, and line dancing tomorrow night! I'm definitely getting those fitness minutes in!
Time for bed, friends, so I'll check in with you later, hopefully with pictures! Have a great week, friends! Lots of Hugs!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I am now 3 days into our Summer challenge, and so far so good. I am trying not to dwell on the fact that I am having to lose the same weight again that I lost last year! I have to just move forward from here.
Today was mine and DH's 24th wedding anniversary and we had a nice relaxing day. We are going tomorrow for a little trip to the Texas Hill country just to get away and spend some quiet time together. Nothing special planned, just time to relax and be. I am really looking forward to it!
DD1, who is now 21, moved about a month ago to NM. She is an Activities Director at a Community House in one of the little tourist towns in the northern mountains. She loves it, and from what I can tell, is just blossoming! The director and board there are very pleased with her and her leadership abilities. She is leading line dancing a couple of times a week for groups of 80-100 people. She also leads hikes, children's activities and runs the sound system for the church services and concerts that they have the Community House. The Cowboy Fellowship church that she recently started attending just asked her to be the drummer for their service! She is one busy, but happy girl and I am happy for her! I am trying not to hyper focus on the fact that she is now living a two day drive away from me!!!!
In her element...
DS, 20, has just registered for classes at University of Houston downtown, and has decided to major in computer science. He is still living at home and I am so grateful. He is very helpful and a lot of fun to be around. Here is a pic of the view from his school. Pretty cool, huh!
Here is another recent one of DS with his Dad on his 20th birthday. Dad got him an old sailboat!
Itty Bitty just turned 10! Can you believe it? Me either! She is doing great! Went to camp last week and had a blast! She finished the school year strong and is getting ready to go into 5th grade next year...hard to believe! Here is the most recent picture I have of her. This was at her GA recognition service. Those are all services badges that she has earned over the last couple of years!
I am doing good as well. Just finished for the summer at my school, where I work as a secretary and am so ready for some time off. I am still sewing and working on various projects. Here are a few of the latest. The first is the one that I made for a coworker for her husband for Father's Day. He was a coach and this is a tshirt quilt using all of his old coaching shirts. The next is the one I am working on now. It is a king size quilt for my sister in law. I just have to finish the binding on this one.
Well, that just about catches you up for now! Thank you all for asking about my family and being such faithful friends! I am finally in a good place again on my journey and I am so glad that you are there to share it with me!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Today is Day 1 of our Summer 5% Challenge and I am so ready to get started! I need this push and accountability to get me back on track. I will not go into all the reasons that I have regained nearly half of the weight that I lost, but I will just say that I am ready to jump in where I am and get moving again!
I am excited to be on the Champions in the Kitchen team (even though I will really miss my Starfishies!), and ready to get to know some new SparkFriends and cheer them on! My goals for this challenge are to lose 11 pounds, drink my water, and start exercising again. I know what to do, I've done it before, so now I just have to do it!
I was thinking the other day, as I was trying in vain to fit into my jeans, that I never want to forget that feeling. The feeling of everything being too tight...you know, that "stuffed sausage" feeling. I never want to forget that feeling I have after stuffing myself so full that my stomach hurts. I don't want to forget that feeling of hopelessness that drives me to eat the way that I sometimes do, that makes me feel like I am not worth taking care of. I want to remember so that when it comes again I will recognize it and not give up on myself like I have for the last 6 months. I want to remember that the "feelings" will pass, but the calories and food that I stuff myself with will hang around for months. I want this to be the last time that I lose this weight!
I am ready, with the help of my Spark Friends, to get back on track! I will keep you posted on how it is going. Thank you to faithful Sparkfriends who have continued to encourage and check up on me during my absence. You are a blessing!
ps - I am still sewing and will soon catch all of my old friends up on my latest projects, as well as how everything is going with my family. There have been some changes, but everyone is happy and doing well!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Good morning, friends! I'm still here! I just took a break from the computer for the weekend. I finished my first week of "one day at a time" today and it went well for the most part. Some days were definitely better than others, but at least I am moving in the right direction again...down 3 pounds this week and I am so thankful! I did NOT want to see that 2 at the beginning of my weight again!
I have been exercising with a co-worker after school each day and that has worked out so well. We are not able to go very fast because she is just beginning, but it is making me feel so good to be able to help someone else get started the way my son helped me. She is such a precious lady and she has 2 sons who are in their 20s. One of them made her promise him to start taking better care of herself this year and lose some weight because he was so worried about her. She is doing great! She actually made it 20 minutes on Friday!
I am going to continue on with my "one day at at time" goals. For today, I will make healthy food choices and avoid junk, track everything, walk after school, do another 5 minute fitness test at home, and drink my water.
Here's to one more day!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
So, I made it one more day! I met most of my goals yesterday, with the exception of water. I didn't quite get enough. But I did track, resist junk, and exercise, so that is definitely progress. It feels so good to be doing something again. I was even glad to wake up with a leg cramp this morning because it meant I was actually working hard enough to feel it.
I am still enjoying my new sewing hobby! I even signed up for a quilting 101 class yesterday, so that I can learn how to make "real" quilts. Here is a picture of my last rag quilt that I made. The picture is not very good, but this one turned out beautifully and is one of my favorites!
I also learned how to make these cute little burp rags. We have a couple of teachers and several people at church who are expecting, so I thought these would make great little gifts!
That's about it for today. Ready to try one more? Here we go!
One Day at a Time!
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