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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The weather has been okay here, still cold but when the sun is out things are melting.
It's been great working downstairs with my daughter and her showing the excitement for learning.

I didn't realize how many calories I burn during the day when I'm in the soap room. I was listening to Jillian Micheal's podcasts (she's back and down-loadable from iTunes!) while making more bath bombs ( lavender and coconut lime today) and for some reason I seem to pay more attention to myself then when I listen to music. I noticed I move my feet a lot even if I'm standing in one area like when I'm mixing things. And of course it all adds up at the end of the day. Plus the strength training portion from the mixing and lifting. Plus today I did the stairs like what felt like a gazillion times between the kids yelling for me, husband asking for things, and the dogs barking - which turned out to be at the movie the kids were watching..lol.

Went for a quick 20 minute walk after dinner. Grabbed my poles, it went much better tonight, as long as I kept my mind on just walking and moving and not on the details. And the kids came with me. I think I will start the C25K program again on alternate days of the Nordic walking and hopefully I can get at least one of the kids to join me. I figure once the weather is warmer, my asthma flared tonight in the cold air, I can even do the Nordic walking in the mornings and then run after school with them. And leave the kettle bell workouts for rainy days.

I need to focus on getting outside as much as possible this year.
Over the next few weeks I have to start planning where the new veggie/herb/medicinal gardens are going. I have so much going through my head on what I want to make and try.
With the snow melting, I can feel my attitude changing and lifting.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/20/2011 9:12PM

    I'm so happy spring is here. I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and getting more activity in. This winter was hard. Can't wait to hear more about the garden!

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MKGARNER1 3/20/2011 7:48PM

    Oh my gosh, I am really liking the warmer weather. It is so nice to get back outside. Great idea to get your children active now while they're young!

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Surviving March Break

Friday, March 18, 2011

The kids are at each other, but no one wants to go outside...ugh. It doesn't help that our days are shortened by having to be pick up the nephew after day camp and watch him. Both kids find him a pain and want nothing to do with him so it just adds to the tension. Thankfully back to school on Monday.
I got the blood test results back, I go back on Monday for another round. Dr. doesn't believe the new results as there is to much improvement from 5 months ago. So, I'll do it again and see what they say.

Otherwise, nothing else is happening. I've not been exercising like I wanted to but the kids and I have been out window shopping and doing some running around/visiting so at least I'm off my butt and I've been limiting my calorie intake.

I've discovered nordic walking and am looking forward to getting out and walking with my new poles. It will be really good when I can get out on the trails with the dogs. Just have to wait for the ground to dry up.

Time to go get the nephew and make dinner...

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LOOZINITNOW 3/20/2011 9:13PM

    My kids are on spring break this week and I am babysitting a 6 year old that they really do not get along with, so it will be an interesting week.

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2YNG2BEFAT 3/18/2011 3:23PM

  March break has been crazy here too. At least you are getting up and out. Good for you.

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Ready To Finish

Friday, March 11, 2011

7 months ago shortly after my lost blog, life went completely downhill. Long story short, I ended up in a deep depression (I have issues in winter to start with as I am barely ever outside), our oldest disowned us, which turned out to be just me cause I took over "his" room as my soap workroom, and to this day we still haven't spoken. I had some bloodwork done, numbers according to the doctor were just a smidgen high, but he wasn't concerned supposedly. And found out my husband was putting on an act of being supportive - he didn't want me to be overweight, but he didn't like the changes that were coming with me getting healthy, so he started to sabotage with arguments and foods.

So here I sit today. I have come to a place of understanding that I can live with that I may never speak to my son again. But as long as he doesn't stop talking and seeing his siblings that's okay. The husband and I are trying to work through things. He agrees he has to change his mindset and stop living and dredging up the past. We aren't the same people we were 20 years ago. And he needs to get active and stop letting life pass him by.

Last week I got a call from the Dr.'s office, he wants me back in for more blood work. So Monday I go in for that and I'll have the results on the Wednesday.
That phone call was the low point. I know why the tests, family history of diabetes. And I've had symptoms but didn't say anything, just tried to ignore them when I could. I know I need to change things, if I'm not diabetic I'm border lining it.

Other things that have happened over the last few months: I slipped and fell in the tub, had a nice black eye from hitting the toilet. Three months later, the week before my birthday, I slipped on the stairs outside after the husband and younger son had shoveled off the roof and lets just say I'm still healing. We were going to the high school for free family gym night, and we still went. My son has friends that go and their parents and we all play different sports together. Sadly my daughter and I are the only females there. Next day I could barely move and even today almost 4 weeks later, if I sit too long or wrong or push on it just right it still hurts. I think these once a week trips out to have fun and exercise with others has been helping me get back into the groove. Even the husband comes with us when he's home.

I think I will leave it at that for now. I have to get laundry and soap cupcakes made before we have dinner and head to the gym tonight for family night.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/11/2011 5:11PM

    So sorry to hear that you have had a rough few months. I'm glad that you came back here and shared and are ready to make some changes.

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Went Better Than Expected

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Had a great walk today while at the father in-law's. Burned those 568 calories during a 53:27 walk. I walked around town, up and down hills and though my legs were screaming, I pushed on. The results are/will be definitely worth it. I walked past my grandparents' old house, hasn't changed at all. Actually not much had changed in the town - including the police..lol. I met up with the two on duty officers at the police station when I was walking by and was talking to them (walking/jogging in that town is not common so I found out), and discovered that the older officer knew me from when I was little and my uncle was a cop for the town. The other cop told me about some trails where I could go to have a nice run/walk outside of town if I ever get bored with the town. It still amazes me how friendly people in that town are. Everyone I passed said hello and most asked "how are you".

I've kept myself under control for my calories for today. I did have two oopsies that were high calories. I really need to watch that in the future. But I avoided all the temptations of the bbq and high calorie salads while were with hubby's family. They don't get it (they all have health/weight problems), but that's fine - the 35 lbs gone from this body so far was enough of the push I needed today to get out and get my walk in. Also my mood was extremely low before my walk. I didn't want to be there, I wanted to lock myself away at home today and just curl up with the dogs on the couch, and I didn't want to talk to anyone. I came back with a much better outlook and wanting to chat/interact with the family. All in all it was a really good day.

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LAURA2471 8/23/2010 10:27AM

    Glad to hear that you did what you had to do to keep yourself going, and happy. Thank you for your response to my blog today, it made me feel good. emoticon

Also: I hate it when my legs scream like that...but usually by them I'm making them promises of a good stretch and a hot bath...it never works, but my legs work for me anyway!

Have a super day!!

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Ups & Downs

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stress levels were off the chart this week. I swear the oldest does and says stuff just to tick us (mainly me) off and get us worked up. Thankfully he's only here a few days more then off to settle in at university.

I haven't been tracking/logging my food or exercise very regularly. I've been keep a better track at JM's site only because I'm eating mostly their meal plan. Today I burn 953 calories. Yesterday was high to. Reason being, I got off the treadmill and out into the "wilds".
We have alot of county/government forests in the area and the kids, dogs and I have been checking out the trails, many of which are snowmobile trails so not many people walk them as they are not neatly kept up. These trails will do till hunting season starts, then I'll go to the local government camping park and start running there.

While out on our walk yesterday I introduced the kids to wild blackberries. I grew up on our local wild raspberries and blackberries. Till I was a teenager I had never had store bought berries. Totally different flavour than the store bought ones. The kids and the dogs ate the blackberries on the walk. One of the younger dogs actually picks her own berries. Today we picked some to bring home. They'll be good with the french toast tomorrow morning!

Tomorrow, we're off to the father in-laws. Yea, a 2 hour drive with all 3 kids in the backseat of my little car. Not sure what this family get-together is all about but we're going anyway. I already warned hubby that I will be in my running clothes and getting in a run/walk while we are over there. He wasn't happy about it - claims he's worried I will get lost. I reminded him that my grandparents lived in the same town when I was little and it hasn't changed at all since then. But he admits he understands it's important for me to stay focused and get my walks/runs in when ever I can. I figured the best time will be while everyone is eating. If I'm not around it, no temptation and no having to listen/explain to everyone why I'm not eating what they are. I'll pack my own lunch and drinks so I know I'm good to stay on track.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend and can get out and explore some local trails in your own areas.

I have to remember to take my camera with me on our next forest adventure...

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SHELBYBEAR 8/22/2010 8:10AM

    Good job staying focused while visiting and not in your regular enviroment. I know what you mean about your struggles with the oldest one. Don't take it personally, he's just "cutting the apron strings" a little--he's leaving and he's testing a little independence by being difficult. Went thru the same thing with my two (now 23 and 24). Rough at the time, but everythings fine now. Good luck-hope it gets better.

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