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I have a new toy!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

I have a new toy...it's an elliptical! A friend of mine had it and no longer wanted it. So she gave it to me for the same price that she got it for...FREE! However, I did give her some margaritas and organic dog treats for her Griffon.

It's a really nice one. It looks like the ones in the gym and has all these fancy buttons for different workouts. I can "lose weight," do "cardio," "strength stride," etc. It has different degrees of difficulty, too.

My DH and bro-in-law helped get it home. I was going to try it tonight, but I'm a little tired so I'll head to bed and use it tomorrow. It's supposed to be another really HOT and HUMID day. It's supposed to be the worst day of the week.

Now I can keep working out, save my knees, work up a sweat, and all within my house. I may actually have to try working out to music!

Happy moving my sparkfriends!

  
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MM11113 8/22/2014 11:42PM

    Have fun with it.

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MCFITZ2 8/22/2014 11:28PM

    What a great friend. Enjoy your new toy/ emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/22/2014 11:25PM

    Woo hoo! That's awesome you got a new elliptical! That will really come in handy when it's hot and humid outside! I hope you sleep like a baby tonight! "sweet dreams!"
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JCLJR4547 8/22/2014 11:24PM

  go for it !

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Not so smart.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today it is HOT and humid. It was nice at recess with a light breeze to make it easy to do playground duty.

After school I dressed and went out for a run. Not so smart! emoticon At least it wasn't so smart going 4.75 miles in the heat and humidity. I did pretty good until a little over half, then I could feel myself getting dehydrated. I had already drank 9 glasses of water and had a bottle of water with me. However, I was still "feeling it."

Luckily I saw those golden arches and walked in to refill my water bottle. I washed up in the restroom with cold water and I was back out the door. I did a little more running, but walked all the hills and then a little of the flat.

I got done in 58 minutes. I was quite pleased with that time after the McDonald's stop. I also stopped quite a bit for drinks or stretching or just to put my head down. Yes no so smart, but I did it!

  
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BETRHO48 8/22/2014 8:15PM

    Sure am glad you got that done without any negative repercussions.
Now you learned a lesson for the next time: half the distance and carry more water.
Stay cool and well!
~Beth

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KANOE10 8/22/2014 11:48AM

    I am glad you are OK. Be careful in that heat! Glad there was a McDonald's.

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/22/2014 9:35AM

    It's crazy hot and and humid here too, and I went for a 55 minute run - you did much better than I did, my pace was only about a 12.3 minutes/mile - at about 40 minutes I felt it everywhere. I was drinking but I know it was because I was dehydrated.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/22/2014 8:05AM

    I think it sounds great. Proud of you.

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KALIGIRL 8/22/2014 7:43AM

    Glad you had a spot to emoticon
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TORTISE110 8/22/2014 6:59AM

    So glad that you pay attention to your body when you are out in the heat! Who would of thought good ol' McD's saved you! Sparkers must be flexible, is all I can say (-:

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BLUEJAY1969 8/22/2014 2:28AM

    Well I wouldn't have been out in it (big chicken about heat am I) but Kudos to you for finishing your run! What a wise woman to realize you were getting dehydrated and stopping for a refill!
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CAROLYN0107 8/22/2014 1:58AM

    The heat would have kept me home.... so take care of yourself.

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123ELAINE456 8/22/2014 1:14AM

  BE CAREFUL IN THAT HEAT. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF PLEASE.

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GHK1962 8/22/2014 12:29AM

    Yeah ... that hydration thing is a must. But ... you recognized that and stopped to get water. So that is a good thing! Who would have ever thought we here on Spark would say that going into McD's is a good thing! :)

And ... woo ... I think that is a good time for the heat and the stop!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/21/2014 9:05PM

    Oh my gosh! Thank God for McDonald's! Please be careful running in the heat! I'm glad you made it home safely! I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2014 8:25PM

    Be CAREFUL in that heat!

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Pup is healing nicely.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We are half way through the healing process of Halo's broken leg. Last night he decided to chew on his splint so today the vet put him in a hard plastic cone. The x-rays show that the bones are knitting and that he should have full recovery.

The vet wants him back on Monday to check the newest splint. They had to put a different one on because he had a sore on his foot. This splint leaves the foot open and has a bit more movement over the shoulder.

Our vet leaves also wanted to check the splint because he goes on vacation, but didn't want to go without making sure all is well with our pup. I love our vet, our vet tech and our clinic!!

Here's a picture of us.

  
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BIGPAWSUP 8/21/2014 3:40PM

    Cone of shame!

Glad he's doing better.

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BETRHO48 8/21/2014 1:31PM

    I'm glad to read your pup is healing well. Looks like you have a great vet!
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KANOE10 8/21/2014 12:14PM

    I am glad Halo is healing. He will be glad to get that halo off!

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GHK1962 8/21/2014 11:42AM

    I hope the pup gets better soon. His splint bandage looks pretty cool though.

(Our pup goes in for some surgery next Monday ... poor pups.)

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JESS0107 8/21/2014 9:42AM

    Aww...Bless his heart!! I'm glad to hear that he is healing nicely!! It takes one good person to make a difference in the lives of others!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/21/2014 8:20AM

    Awww, poor Halo, so glad that he is recovering nicely! Great pic of you!

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MIRAGE727 8/21/2014 7:32AM

    Mom looks concerned (that's normal) and Halo looks ready to get over all of this! Hang in there,,,both of you!
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123ELAINE456 8/21/2014 5:45AM

  Great Mom and Vet. Hope Halo recovers very quickly. Poor Baby. Love the Photo. God Blessings Always. Have a Great Day. Here is a Lot Of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!! For The Both Of You. Take Care.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/20/2014 9:18PM

    Oh! I feel so sorry for poor Halo's leg! It sounds like you have an awesome vet! I hope Halo it feels better soon! Sending Halo lots of hugs today!
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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 9:14PM

    Halo has a halo - well, he would probably call it "the cone of shame."

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LESLIELENORE 8/20/2014 9:02PM

    Poor pup! I can't keep a cone on my dog... he pushes it right off again.

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BLUEJAY1969 8/20/2014 8:45PM

    Aww how sweet is that puppy face! What a cute furbaby! And what a good fur mommy you make! Your vet's office sounds fantastic!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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ALICIA363 8/20/2014 8:26PM

    Good boy! Great puppy mom! Love the photo. Fantastic vet!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2014 8:08PM

    Awwww... emoticon Halo!

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Doing well.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's been a great week, so far. I changed my nutrition tracker so that they aren't "connected" to my fitness. This way I stay in the same calorie range. It's too easy for me to see higher calories and then eat them. I know that I must stay in my calorie range in order to remain in maintenance.

I've continued to keep up my fitness regime and that feels great! I'm definitely back and I'm not only doing well, I'm doing emoticon ! emoticon

  
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BETRHO48 8/21/2014 1:32PM

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LEMONHEAD24 8/21/2014 2:50AM

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KANOE10 8/20/2014 10:50AM

    emoticon Your maintenance is going great!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2014 9:54AM

    You are amazing.

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KALIGIRL 8/20/2014 8:13AM

    Glad to hear it!
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MARGARITTM 8/20/2014 6:26AM

    OH I should do that too!

I am going to try to figure it out as well - please let me know how you did that great idea

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123ELAINE456 8/20/2014 6:15AM

  Awesome!!! Well Done!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Lots Of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!For You And Everyone. Take Care.

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PMRUNNER 8/20/2014 6:13AM

    It's definitely a balancing act. When I am very active, I need the extra calories or else I don't have enough fuel and I get sluggish and lethargic during workouts. Good luck finding the right range for you and your needs, keep up the progress.

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NUOVAELLE 8/20/2014 1:45AM

    Well done! The disconnection of the trackers sounds like a new idea. I think I'll follow your example.
Keep up the great work!

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GHK1962 8/20/2014 12:09AM

    I love seeing the positiveness.

And ... *kicks the link between the nutrition tracker and the fitness thingy* for you too!

Yeah you!

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2014 11:48PM

    excellent! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/19/2014 11:00PM

    I am wondering if I should do that too...I have put on a couple of pounds in the past two or three weeks, activity levels are up and so is my weight.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 9:19PM

    emoticon Well done! I don't link the trackers, either. I want a relatively stable range.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/19/2014 9:00PM

    I had to do the same thing in order to remain in maintenance! I'm so glad you're doing great! You are such an inspiration! I hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
Hugs and love!
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HOLLYM48 8/19/2014 8:41PM

    Great job! KEep up the excellent work!

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I've listened, I've learned and I'm back!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's been a great beginning of the school year. Yesterday a teacher brought in chips and dips, cupcakes and a Texas sheet cake for her birthday. I didn't do well with the food!

It snowballed into a bad eating day. I even had a greasy fast food burger and some fries. I am regretting it today! My body can't handle food like that any longer and I've felt awful all day. Sluggish, bloated, crabby...

I realized that I can't continue to make excuses for this 5 to 7 pound weight gain. I now know what is it. It's me! It may minutely be perimenopause, but I have to face it, it's my choices.

When I lost my 40+ pounds over three years ago, my only exercise was walking 30 minutes a day. The rest was food choices and serving sizes. I've become complacent. I take a bite here and a bite there.

No more! My body doesn't like it when I put "garbage" in it and it doesn't like when I put "too much" of any food in it. My metabolism may be lowering and perimenopause may be coming, but I won't let those excuses undo all the good that I've worked so hard for.

I know it's only 5 or so pounds, but that's how it begins. Soon the slope is slippery and I won't go there! It's been a great, healthy eating day with a nice 4 mile run this morning. (Talk about a tough run when your body is rebelling.)

I know my triggers and I know what to do about them. I know I can't eat "just one bite" and think that I can get away with it. For me it's no bites of certain foods or at least in certain situations.

I've listened, I've learned and I'm back!

  
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RICKHANN 8/22/2014 8:35AM

    Those "group gathering" binges get you every time. Luckily your in good shape now and don't have the initial hurdle of having to build strength. One day won't kill you, but you're right, you can't become complacent. Those bad days can start snowballing with the sluggish feelings afterwards.

Good job getting past it and good luck in your 1/2 marathon.

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MIRAGE727 8/21/2014 7:36AM

    Hang in there, Girl! We all go through these times! I've found it more fuel challenging whether I'm preparing for a run or a Triathlon. I take a couple of minutes before consuming just to think healthy. That helps. Stay strong and hang in there!
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MEXGAL1 8/17/2014 8:24PM

    I hear you about the slippery slope. I messed up yesterday and overdid it with homemade caramels that were a gift. I just about made myself sick. Most likely it was because my body was not used to sugar after not eating it for like a year.
Let's get back on track!

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BETRHO48 8/17/2014 7:13PM

    emoticon Great insight!
It's good you figured it out and got back on top of it. emoticon
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123ELAINE456 8/17/2014 10:25AM

  Great Insight and Job. You Can Do It!!! Keep Pushing Forward. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Lots of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!For Everyone. Take Care. Hope that You are feeling better.

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KANOE10 8/17/2014 6:33AM

    I am the same way. I stay away from triggers. You are ready to get back on track and will lose those up pounds in no time. The first months of school are very stressful.


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KRISZTA11 8/17/2014 5:14AM

    Great insight, great job you found out what is going on.
The sooner you take action, the easier it is to get back to your happy place.
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NUOVAELLE 8/17/2014 3:32AM

    I know exactly how you feel, our stories are so similar! I've regained a few pounds this year, too, but I feel I'm ready to jump back in action and get rid of them. It's our choices and we know it. And if we continue eating in the same pattern, it won't be long before we "meet" with those long-gone 40 pounds again!
The time to act is NOW! And we CAN do this!
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SLIMMERJESSE 8/17/2014 12:25AM

    Good for you!

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KPETSCHE 8/17/2014 12:21AM

    I wish I would have read this 10 minutes ago before I had those 2 mini PB cups! And the Pannera danish (small piece) that was sitting here calling my name! That's it for tonight and I'll make sure I put in something healthy when I eat my supper (or breakfast) at 2am.

Thanks for pointing out the painfully obvious!!!!

Kelly

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SWEDE_SU 8/16/2014 10:47PM

    oh boy, do you speak for me - i know all about that slippery slope and those pesky 5 pounds. and that feeling, after putting the wrong foods in your body - yup. nodding head in agreement here…. well done for recognizing the signs, and good reminder for the rest of us!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/16/2014 10:10PM

    Amen! It's amazing how far we've come and how knowledgeable we have become.

Hers to a positive and healthy Sunday!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/16/2014 10:07PM

    Oh my gosh, you are so right, when we did start this journey, we were exercising much less. And we lost weight - it was about the food we ate wasn't it? Okay, I have gained a couple of pounds myself but my exercise minutes are way way up. I know what I need to do! Thanks!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/16/2014 9:32PM

    Best wishes for fueling your body well. Sounds like you really are listening to your body and learning. It isn't easy, but you can do it.



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ONEKIDSMOM 8/16/2014 9:10PM

    I'm over here nodding, attempting to look sage-like. But it's wisdom bought of pain... last year I had to go through a similar realization about my "brinksmanship" with food choices. Good for you catching it now. You are an athlete. You need to fuel properly, and your body is letting you know it!

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HOLLYM48 8/16/2014 8:52PM

    I know exactly what you are talking about. Once those few pounds go on, off they come and the eating gets reigned in immediately. We have come to far to let our defenses down. Keep up the great work and great job on your run!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/16/2014 8:22PM

    Great blog! I really need you to hear this today! Sometimes I think maintenance is harder than weight-loss! I also now I can't take that first bite of my trigger foods too! I applaud you for your honesty today! I'm so glad to hear you have listened, learned and you're back on track! I think you're awesome! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a great weekend!
Hugs and love!
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BIGPAWSUP 8/16/2014 8:17PM

    Awesome run and great realization on what works for you. I know you will handle this and continue to be fantastic.

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GHK1962 8/16/2014 7:49PM

    Well that was a good run today. Yeahhh for 4 miles! (I can only run 3 and that has been about my limit!)

As for junky food eating. I agree, when I eat a big meal or something really greasily greasy these days ... I am like ... blech! But you're going back to some good eating habits ... so woohooo on that. :)

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LESLIELENORE 8/16/2014 7:45PM

    I know what you mean about putting "garbage" in my stomach. Makes me mean the next day. Good for to recognize that slippery slope and stop the slide now.

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