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Saturday, April 17, 2010

We've had to say "good-bye" to our dear friend, Romeo (my background picture). He's been my "puppy" for 14 years, but a full body stroke signaled the end. Our vet was gracious enough to meet us on a Sunday to help us ease our sweet dog into the next life, but it was a hard, hard decision. His ashes will go into the garden he loved so much so he'll always be with us.

On the good side, I'm up to 1 hr on the treadmill, at an average speed of 3.5 mph. I vary the speed and incline to keep it interesting, but I'll be glad when I can find a gym and return to the elliptical and the strenthening equipment. Our gym was the latest victim of the economic crunch so it's going to be hard to find a new one. Hubby gets home from work in time to use the local rec center, but they close early and are really crowded. But until I am fully healed, I'll be satisfied with my trusty treadmill, some healthy gardening, and my hand weights.

I've done well with nutrition, but I've stumbled across some really awful recipes. We've had some great meals and some that went straight down the disposal. Not all cookbooks are good, friends! I've tossed 2 and gone back to the ones I've used in the past.

I'll be heading out to CA in May to see the newlywed's new home. I'm looking forward to my first trip to the desert! I also have a precious new granddaughter who is about to celebrate a first birthday so life is good.


Oh! And I've lost 7 lbs! Woo-Hoo!

  
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JAZZID 4/18/2011 4:15AM

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HEALTHY4ME 3/28/2011 6:54PM

    Oh so sorry about the dear Romeo, know what that is like and just like family.
HUGS
and haven't been cos lost you as a friend and your blogs. I will fix that right now!

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QUILTINGB52 4/20/2010 1:55AM

    emoticon to hear about your sweet pal, Romeo.

emoticon on your weight loss! Keep mixing up your workouts, that will keep things interesting & keep you on the weight-loss train!!

Way to go!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2010 10:04AM

    Very sorry to learn of the passing of Romeo.

You are doing very well about getting back on track! Woohoo!!

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MARTY19 4/18/2010 8:44AM

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That is outstanding. But I think I may have found them LOL. Not really but I don't like the way I am looking again, so it is time to do something drastic. You are going to be my example.

Hugs,
Marty

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/17/2010 10:56PM

    I am saddened to hear about y our losing Romeo. What a beautiful, handsome dog he was. I've been that route many times and it's never easy. You gave him your final act of love. When you feel your ready, go to therainbowbridge.com for comfort. Yo will see him one day in Heaven as animals have souls and God created them and he is with God now waiting for you someday. emoticon

Congratulations on your weight loss. And your exercising. You are doing great. emoticon

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BITTYGIRL51 4/17/2010 9:00PM

    Alright! Everything's coming up roses!!! emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 4/17/2010 8:40PM

    Sorry to read about your dog. It is hard when a faithful loving companion passes. Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

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JCDROLSHAGEN 4/17/2010 8:40PM

    Sorry to read about your dog. It is hard when a faithful loving companion passes. Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

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A totally awesome day!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

It was the first day of real Spring here and I gloried in it. Sunshine, soft breezes....perfect! emoticon

I started the day with 1 hr on the treadmill. Yep, a full hour! I varied the incline or speed every 5 minutes and the time just went by. I never got above 3.8 mph or 4 incline, but I can feel myself making progress. Although I'm tired, my foot isn't painful or too swollen. emoticon

Then I really concentrated on my food intake for the day. Not doing as well on water, but I came in UNDER my calorie and carb range. How did that happen???? I'm always fighting to stay under the top limit in both! So tomorrow I will concentrate on getting more carbs in. That should help increase the calories too. But I'm pleased! emoticon

I now have a new goal. When the wedding was over and there was nothing else to work toward, I let myself get lazy. So I know that I have to set goals or I'll keep falling off the stupid wagon. So I want to go from a size 12 to a size 10 by the time I go to my niece's college graduation mid-May. I think I can do it, but at least I'm going to TRY. I'll just have to keep coming up with target goals so I guess I'll just have to keep planning fun things to aim for! emoticon

Enough for today. It's nice to have a positive blog. Yep. Really nice. But I'm keeping my logo for a bit longer! emoticon

  
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JENIFIREHARP 4/11/2010 9:40PM

    Yep, it really does help to have a goal to work for... sounds like a good plan! If you decide to change your user name, I will have to adjust!

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QUILTINGB52 4/6/2010 3:30PM

    Nice to have you back on the wagon with us!!! Keep enjoying those spring days!

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/4/2010 3:15PM

    Happy Easter. I am so glad you had a wonderful Sat. An hr. on the treadmill is awesome. I remember when I used to do that many yrs. ago!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/4/2010 11:59AM

    I am just so pleased you are back on track!

You really can do this!!

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MARTY19 4/4/2010 9:06AM

    Every time I see that cat, I have to laugh. I can relate to the goals and the aftermath. But you are on the right track. My daughter graduates in May so I am going to work on decreasing a size by then as well. We'll do this. We are both to competitive not to. LOL!

Hugs,
Marty

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This is sooooo frustrating!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I know I shouldn't let it get to me, but I'm so tired of this stupid foot! I've gotten the go ahead to start some gentle working out, but 30 minutes on the treadmill and it's swollen again. I hate this extra weight, but I keep hitting the brick wall on trying to exercise. Yes, I know I can do weights and the stability ball, but none of that is aerobic. I bought this expensive treadmill thinking I would be running on it in no time, but I can barely handle 3.0 mph with an incline of 2 for 30 minutes!



On the plus side, I spent all week end cooking and have a refrigerator full of healthy alternatives to my former lazy diet. Am I the only one that thinks its so much easier to hit the drive through than come home from work and cook??? But I've got every night planned and its either quick or its in the crockpot!

Oh well. I'll get there and things sure look better than THIS!



I'm just going to have to learn patience and a bit of perserverance. Overall it was a good weekend so I'll stop complaining now and get ready for a new week.

  
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QUILTINGB52 4/1/2010 5:11AM

    OUCH!!!!!!



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CLAUDIA1333 3/30/2010 4:05PM

    Ouch! That looks awful! :-( And when you get frustrated about how slow your recovery is just think that if you over do it and hurt yourself, then it'll take even longer!!!
I don't know if you can stand for awhile or not, but punches are a great cardio workout without much lower body involvement. Give it a go next time you workout-maybe try squatting and throwing some cross punches, or balancing on the ball. Hang in there!!

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/29/2010 3:55PM

    Please, please, please give yourself time to heal so you won't have more problems. You are trying too much too soon. Start out with one minute at a time. and build very, very slowly. Ask your Doctor about it too. Rome wasn't built in a day,so cool it! emoticon Easy does it so you don';t hurt it more and be off even longer. This is something you just cannot rush. You have your wonderful treadmill to use at a slow pace..no inclines, for goodness sack. Baby Steps all the way!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/29/2010 10:06AM

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news - but you ain't no spring chicken no more!

The foot does look awful painful! One day at a time still reins. The new treadmill is awesome but you still have to take things slowly.

Cleaner eating is bound to help.

I know you can do it! I know you will do it!! But One day at a time.

Love you,
linda2

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MARTY19 3/29/2010 6:55AM

    So now you think you are Wonder Woman with advanced healing powers. Healing takes time and that means you need to allow yourself that time. Remember you got the weight off once and you will do it again.
The bottom picture looks like the wound is painful.

Hugs,
Marty

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HEALTHY4ME 3/29/2010 5:03AM

    OUCH!!! what was the surg. for? I don't remember sorry. and can I ask what is that spot at the bottom? Oh man, I may need knee surg. as you know and I too am really frustrated with my lack of cardio. Geesh. I can do 5 somedays 10 on the recumbant bike but not at much speed. I was up in speed and doing 30 mins. now 5 mins gets me 2 km Oh well at least I am stil working for now, as I have to get some $$ saved incase of surgery and being off.

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SASKATIA 3/28/2010 11:51PM

  That looks painful!

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The Exorcism of my Kitchen!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

While I was recovering from foot surgery this past December, the blasted Fat Fairies invaded my kitchen and took it over! I never saw them, never realized they had been there, never really cared. I was completely sidelined. I couldn't walk without crutches for over a month, and then VERY limitied mobility. Just a few weeks I got the "go ahead" to start doing some very gentle exercise. I promptly went out and bought a cadillac of a treadmill, charged up my iPod, and dusted off my weights, stability ball and videos. I started very slowly, but at least it was a start and I've really missed working out. Who woulda figured????

Anyway, to get the proverbial ball rolling, I decided to get my starting weight.....just so I could post it on my SP page as my starting point. ONE HUNDRED SIXTY POUNDS????? Where did all of THAT come from? I'm a balloon with a limp! So I dutifully posted it, reset my goals and started posting my food and exercise again. I also started checking my recipes and reading a few SP articles. The first one I read was "Kitchen Makeover" and decided I'd need one. That's when I discovered that I had been invaded by the fat fairies! emoticon

Who put those Lays potato chips in my pantry??? And what heathen put ice cream in my freezer? Where were all of my fresh veggies and my yogurts??? It was definitely time for an exorcism of my kitchen, not a simple makeover! I grabbed the trashcan and went to work! All white flours, sugars, pastas, etc. hit the trash. Followed by sugared cereals, cake mixes, and heavy condiments. I made a grocery list and headed for the store. NOW I'm back in business!


Next I went to work reorganizing the kitchen so everything was close at hand. I sharpened all of my knives and found all my mixing bowls and measuring cups that had gotten scattered. Put all of my cooking tools in open pots for easy access and put a new battery in my kitchen scales. There! Much better!


In the same vein of getting back on track, I made a big pot of country lentil soup (I'll be adding the recipe shortly). I also cooked down (southern term for reduction) some plums we had frozen last year with light butter, cinnamon and Splenda. I'll use this on top of angel food cake or fat free icecream. It's about time for fresh plums and I needed to get them out of the freezer (cleaned that sucker out too!).


Finally, I've gotten menus planned for the week and all shopping is done. How does Greek orzo salad sound? Not bad, eh? Much better than McDonalds! Broccoli salad is all packed in the fridge, fresh turkey for sandwiches.....yep.....MUCH BETTER!

I can't do much about not being able to do a lot of high impact exercising, but I CAN do something about those fat fairies! They've been completely eradicated and I'm being more vigilant lest they return. Amazing how easy it was to slip into old bad habits just because I got a bit sidelined.

I'll try to keep you posted, but now I'm busy cooking, planning and walking on the treadmill!
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QUILTINGB52 4/1/2010 5:10AM

    emoticon you are back! I've missed you my friend! Haven't had a good butt-kicking in a long time!!!

Surprising just how close to the surface those bad habits tend to lurk. It's like having a devil sitting on one shoulder egging me on to 'eat what I want'.

Monday I was disappointed to find the McD's didn't have any apple pies and then surprised myself when I canceled my order & drove away! LOL

Glad you have kicked out the fat fairies ~ just hope they don't fly over to my house!

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BITTYGIRL51 3/28/2010 4:03PM

    So glad you are back, girl! Been missing your dedicated and cheeful blogs!! One day at a time, but sounds like you had a very productive day in the kitchen and one that will help you have long term success. I pray for a speedy recovering and look forward to hearing more from you. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/28/2010 10:16AM

    It really is scary just how easy it is to go back to the old ways! (and old weighs!!)

I am so glad to see you here, back on track. You worked too hard to let a few fairies get the best of you!

Welcome back!
Love,
Linda
P.S. Sorry you had to have foot surgery! Congrats on getting a new treadmill! Enjoy it my friend!
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MARTY19 3/28/2010 9:08AM

    Love the new icon. It gave me quite a giggle. Plus I am delighted to see you back. I have so missed you. Now we can can back in the game together. I'll be checking up on you to make sure the fairies haven't move back in.

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Groan, whimper, snivel

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This is HARD! I made it to the gym again last night, but my efforts were pitiful. I'm doing much less and feeling it much more than 2 mos. ago. But I'm sticking with it and clutching my bottle of Advil.

Also took a nice long walk with the hubby and a Leslie Sansone walk (1 mile was all I could stand!) with co-workers.

Nutrition is right on track, but that's never been too hard to adhere to. But a week in California with some awesome Jewish deli food cost me! (It was seriously delicious though and I intend to do it again, next trip!)

Off to dose up on pain relievers and try to get some work done.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/10/2009 6:56PM

    I applaud your attempts but wonder if you are trying too hard to do what you could do 2 months ago.

You need to start at the first step all over again if you wish to reach the same point in your strength training. One day at a time.

I know you can do this, just be patient with yourself, ok?

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SKISINCO 9/10/2009 6:56PM

    Good for you for sticking with it. I'm off to a kick boxing class with a co-worker this evening. I'll be clutching my own bottle of Advil tomorrow.

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MARTY19 9/10/2009 11:57AM

    I love Leslie and she is part of my daily routine. She is the first to say do a mile. My eating is improving but not terrific. My goal is to eat more. I'm not eating enough so I am not losing. You will be less stiff soon.

Marty

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PEDIPOD 9/10/2009 11:36AM

    I feel the same way -- I OD'd on a vacation, not really all that badly, and despite tiring working out, I don't have it off yet. Arkle snarkle......

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