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Last day of vacation, feeling a bit sad

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today is my 9th and final day of my last vacation of the summer. It's been such a peaceful and relaxing time. I am not looking forward to returning to work and the chaos that comes along with it. That first day back is always the worst it seems like.

The picture above is me with my friend Rhonda. She is a good friend to me and to my family. She came with us to have lunch with my aunt for my aunt's birthday at the nursing home. Rhonda is the one who saved my aunts life when she had a stroke, she lived next to my aunt at the time, and was concerned when she saw her car there one Sunday morning, when my aunt always went to church every week without fail. They had keys to each other's apartments in case of an emergancy, so Rhonda went to check on her, and found her unconcious on the floor. She called 911, and then my mom. If it had been a few more hours, Aunt Elinor would not have made it.

We had a laugh about the shirts we wore that day, we had no idea we both even had shirts with the same cat and the same saying on them! (Mine has the "bad kitty" on the back instead of the front.) We just happened to show up wearing them the same day.

I slept in today. I missed going to the Wednesday farm market, but I can get what I need from the store before I leave work tomorrow. Next week is my treatment, so I won't feel like going that day, but the week after that I will definately make an effort to go.

I tried another of the workouts from the Leslie Sansone Walk Slim series, today I did the Fast Start, 2 mile walk, a 35 minute workout.

Tomorrow I don't go into work til 3pm, so I'll have time to get a short workout in.

My hire date anniversary at work is August 2, so after that I'll have 4 weeks of vacation time again. I'm going to request a week off around my birthday, near the end of September, that will give me something to look forward too, and make me feel better about turning another year older, lol!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/1/2008 3:35AM

    Hi Shari,
Love the photo, what an amazing coincidence!

I used to hate that going back to work feeling but ten minutes in and you'd forgotten you'd been off emoticon
It's not long to September so you have that to look forward to. emoticon


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MDTWEETY 7/31/2008 9:37AM

    I like the pic!! :)
I hope you have a nice day back at work. I know the "last day of vacation" feeling. Not fun!! If you take a week off at the end of Sept., that is not too far away.

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Tried another new workout today

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

About a week ago I ordered Leslie Sansone's Walk Fit series on DVD with the fitness band from QVC. It came today! I was anxious to try it out, but first I had an appointment; I had to go get my blood drawn for my monthly doctor appointment/Zometa/Faslodex which is next week.

Then I stopped at the Dollar Store to pick up a few things. After that, it was Menards, did a lot of walking in there, trying to find (unsuccessfully) all the things on my list. I was hungry by then, and feeling a little dehydrated, so when I got home I had to drink some water and eat my lunch before I did anything else.

I tried the Fast And Firm DVD; it has 4 miles of walking, but I only did 2, which was a 30 minute workout total. I did the 1st mile, then the 4th mile with the band. The band isn't hard to use, but my arms couldn't do quite all the stretching. It's something I need to work up too.

The heat and humidity came back today, so I don't know when I'll get outside for a walk next. I have plenty of DVD workouts any way to keep me from getting bored.

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PATRICIA441 7/30/2008 8:29AM

  Aren't those DVD great! I have some of hers too and love them. I really like using the bands. I have the exercise ball too which I enjoy using. It has been unbearably hot here too so I have been using my treadmill instead of going outside. Glad things are going well for you. Tender hug. Pat

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It's been a good weekend

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I have enjoyed this weekend off, but it has gone by too fast. My vacation is flying by too fast also, I go back to work on Thursday.

Yesterday I slept in a little, and still had plenty of time to finish up my housecleaning. I did one of my 15 minute Denise Austin workouts also. My parents came over for dinner, it was nice; we had a very nice visit. I got out for a 25 minute walk around 8pm.

I slept in again this morning. Just stayed in my pjs most of day, being lazy and relaxing, though I did do some laundry. That is not a chore I mind doing though. I took my breakfast when I got up and settled into the recliner to watch Tori & Dean on Oxygen. Later on I read my Sunday paper.

I got another walk in tonight, 30 minutes, though it was a slow and easy walk, still kind of hot out.

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PATRICIA441 7/28/2008 10:14AM

  You are sounding good Girlfriend. So glad to see it. Hope your week is a super one!! Pat

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MARTHA-ANN 7/28/2008 3:16AM

    At least you are still walking, that can only be good for you.
I think you do really well with all the different shifts you work and you live alone so could so easily slip, foodwise, when there is no one there to catch you.
You inspire me. emoticon

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Article: Measuring Weight Loss

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This article is from Yahoo Health.

Measuring Weight Loss

Posted Wed, Jul 02, 2008, 12:35 am PDT
Provided by: Johns Hopkins University

For those of you who are obsessed with the scale, you know that your weight fluctuates every day. Even if you aren't scale crazy, you can notice these daily weight changes by how your clothes fit. No, you didn't gain 5 pounds from overindulging in pizza last night—but what is happening inside your body to cause the pounds to ebb and flow?

The answer is simple—fluid changes. Remember learning back in school that our body is about 60 percent water? This means that changes in fluid content can really affect body weight. Think about the weight of water: 1 gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, 1 liter of water weighs 2.2 pounds, and a pint's "a pound the world around," or 16 ounces. So whenever you drink about 2 cups (16 ounces) of any fluid, you will immediately weigh in at about 1 pound heavier.

Of course, this isn't the bad type of weight gain. We need fluids because our bodies are constantly using them. And conversely, when we breathe (exhale), sweat, or go to the bathroom, we lose fluids. Some days you do more of these things than others. You also drink different amounts each day. You can see how your weight is going to change every day (even every hour), based on the fluids you take in and get rid of.

So when it comes to measuring weight loss, don't get too hung up on these daily fluctuations in water weight, especially since the experts caution that losing more than 1 to 2 pounds per week is unsafe and unhealthy.

This may seem like a slow rate of weight loss, but now we're talking about losing more than just fluids. This slower process involves losing fat as well. Very rapid weight loss, say 10 pounds in a week, usually involves dumping fluids, and that's dangerous for your body.

Know that your weight will change every day based on fluid intake and excretion. To keep track of weight loss, it may be better to step on that scale once a week instead of every day.

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TOOTSBABY 8/2/2008 6:44AM

    This is good....I step on the scales every morning and man do the numbers roll up and down....I drink a lot of water but I only go by the once a week (scale day) to keep track of my loss (or gain). This just put it all in perspective....Thanks MOM2ACAT for the info and the encouragement......

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MOM2ACAT 7/26/2008 3:08PM

    I weigh myself daily also, but I don't get upset if it's up 2-3 pounds; usually the next day, it's back down again without me trying to do anything different.

I just thought this article was interesting because it explains why it happens.

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RENA1965 7/26/2008 2:56PM

    Good point, but very few people listen to this information.. The professional weight loss organisation I use in combo with sparks explained everything, so nothing gets me upset no more..
Only use the scale every day on maintaince to see if I can allow myself my extra foods (not cheat foods) if my morning weight is not okay, I wait until it is ok to eat them again.. I never take my maintaince for granted it is so about using the scales for the right reasons..

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Tired tonight

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I finally got to sleep in this morning, but once I got up, I was busy doing something most of the day, so I am tired tonight. But I guess you could say it's a "good kind of tired".

We had a nice lunch with my aunt today. She is doing well for being 88 years old, and stroke survivor. Her mind is still sharp and she still has a great sense of humor.

I had a couple of "clutter spots" in my living room which I took care of today, put everything back in it's place. I need to work harder on preventing the clutter from piling up in the first place.

On my last vacation, I repainted an old wooden chair that I keep outside on my porch. I bought stencils and acrylic paints to add a design to it, but never found the time to finish it. I finally started on the stenciling late this afternoon.

My mom and dad are coming over for dinner tomorrow. I did some of the meal prep for that tonight.

I am tired now, I am going to get ready for bed, and read til I fall asleep.


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