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Walk 5 of 22 - Working on August's walk goal

Friday, August 07, 2009

Aug. 2009 Goal: walk 22 out of 31 days. Get one shiny star for each walk. Trade 22 stars for Pedicure.

Ok, I admit it. I'm a copycat. I saw someone's blog and they had pictures of their walk route. I loved it so much, I wanted to share mine with you too. This blog is about a weekend walk spot, the bike path...

Today, I got up in plenty of time, even tho it was my day off, to have a cup of tea and then take the dogs for a nice walk. I'm struggling with knowing how much walk is enough so I set my phone's alarm to go off in 20 min. and began the walk. The idea being that I'd walk about 15 min. and then turn around and come back. Leaving 5 min. on each end for loading/unloading the dogs. So we walked... and walked... and no alarm.



Maureen prefers to be out front. When we're doing a sniffing walk, I allow it. Not in heel walk. Don't tell Cesar Milan, but she loves to lead. The path that we walk is an old railroad track that has been paved over. No traffic to swerve at us, (see Scary encounter) but we do need to watch out for bikes.



We go to the bridge and that's usually half way and no alarm. So since I felt pretty good, we kept going. We got to the longest point we've ever done and I took my phone out to look. I hadn't set it right and it would never have gone off! Ugh! I was so mad but then again, it got me to walk way further than I had intended. All three of us were tired when we got back to the car, but it was a lovely walk.

That makes 5 of 22 I'm suppose to do this month. Unfortunately, I've already used one of my four free days but I'm on the right track. I feel so good about being able to get myself out there again. And it was nice to be the dogs favorite person this morning since I'm the one that did the walk. I like being the favorite! LOL



  
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MISSIFELTNER 8/10/2009 2:22PM

    I may just steal this idea too!

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Lunch w/5 handsome guys

Friday, August 07, 2009

Today is one of the best days in a long time! Two of my four brothers and three of their sons met me in a nearby town to have lunch today. It was so wonderful to see them! Of course, I conned them with a trip to Cabella's but hey, I got to eat lunch with them! LOL They were crazy about the (50000000 mile) walk around Cabella's and they found a few bargains but mostly the younger nephews and I went around and looked at all the animals on display.

I have such mixed emotions when I see the animals... I would never see most of those animals close up if someone hadn't hunted it down and had it stuffed to preserve it but man! it really makes me sad to think those animals were killed for pleasure. I kept focusing on the kids and how much fun they were having and trying to ignore the sadness I felt about the animals.

We ate at Applebees and I had spent a great deal of time researching possibilities to choose off their menu so I could stay on track. Then by the time we got there I was starved. Ok, so I didn't have the grilled chicken and veggies... I still didn't choose my usual chicken fingers and fries. When I just entered the food into the nutrition tracker, I saved over 800 calories and I don't know how much fat by not having my chicken finger/fry combo. I had the tomato basil soup and french dip sliders. While they were each good, i wouldn't get them together if I had it to do over. They just didn't "go" together.

I cannot tell you how good it makes me feel that I'm watching out for me. I'm making good choices and finally, FINALLY taking care of me! My lunch is not staying with me and I'm kind of hungry but I'll hold off for awhile and then drink water before having a light snack.

I'm giving myself a emoticon for doing a good job today! Hurray for me!

  
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MISSIFELTNER 8/7/2009 4:21PM

    Great job. I am finding that I want to make better choices at restaurants. I usually find one thing that I like and always order it no matter what the cost to my weight. Recently I realized that if I take a look at the menu, I don't have to order the tofu burger to eat well and enjoy the taste of what I am eating. Take the extra time to look for something better but good. There are nutritional information sheets for almost every restaurant and fast food place that lists the information for everything on the menu. When the girls want to go out to lunch at work I find out ahead of time and I pull out my Nutrition sheets and figure out what to order. It is worth the time and effort because sometimes you don't think things will be as bad as they are!

Glad you got to spend some time with your family and I totally feel the same way when I go to Bass Pro Shops.

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Scary encounter

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yesterday morning, the puppies and I were running behind schedule so we didn't drive over to the park to do our walk. To save time, we drove on into work and then walked up the hill on the road near the building. We use to walk this road every day. A couple years ago, we walked it at lunch every day and it was one of the things that really helped with the successful weight loss. There's only side walks on a small portion of it and that's not the part we were using yesterday. We've never had any problems although people do drive too fast. For safety's sake, we walk facing traffic and are careful to get over into the grass when we see someone coming toward us.

Not yesterday. Why didn't we get over? Because the car that nearly mowed us down was coming up from behind! I couldn't believe it. They were going very fast and swerved from the other side of the road and nearly clipped me. I can't stop thinking about it. At first, I thought it was someone from work trying to be funny, but the car did not turn into our parking lot nor had I ever seen it before. Why would anyone do that for humor anyway??? What if the dogs had tripped me just at that moment and I fell into the road? No way could they have not hit me. It takes my breath away and I can't stop thinking bout it. All I would have had to do was bend my elbow and it would have touched the driver's window as they shot past. It feels so deliberate. Of course, I blamed it on my weight. I thought to myself that they would think it's funny to try and scare the fat blonde chick.

I was talking to my friend last night and she was asking if maybe they swerved to miss something in the road and it just made them come to close to me? I guess that's a possibility but I never saw anything and if there had been some small animal, the dogs would have been all over that. I like her optimism and would prefer to think that a car would not deliberately try to run you down as you walked your dogs, but I don't know...

I just want to tell that driver about my grandmother that died from injuries suffered from being hit by a car. It's not something that should be done in a joking manner. It's simply not funny, no matter how big that blonde girl's backside is. One things for sure, it motivated me to stay on schedule today and we had plenty of time to drive over to the park and walk where we could be safe.

  
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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:21PM

    Oh, my goodness!!! Thankfully you and your pups weren't hurt. BETHANN1961 is right!! Maybe the fool wasn't paying attention to where s/he was going and looked up just in time to see you .... I swear we all have someone watching over us. Makes me wonder if the jerk would have even stopped if s/he HAD hit you or one of the dogs!! What a scary feeling that must be!! I know what it is like having a near miss due to some idiot while driving but to be so vulnerable .... wow ...

Don't blame it on your weight .. or your backside .. this was a totally careless person who allows him/herself to be distracted while behind the wheel of a deadly machine and was probably speeding anyway .... you did everything right ... so glad you weren't hurt ..

Who else would I have to admire my poor attempts at art emoticon besides my husband.

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BETHANN1961 8/6/2009 11:09AM

    Thank God you were not hurt! Good idea to walk in safer places. The fool may have been drunk, overly tired and nodded off behind the wheel....these aren't things that only happen at night. I'm sorry you were so frightened. emoticon

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Nine - in Germany it means no

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

but in Michigan it's a cause for celebration! I was able to weigh in this morning and I'm down nine pounds. I'm trying to find when I started getting serious and tracking food, etc and it looks like it was 7/21 so that means only two weeks. Now, I'm not going to get my hopes up because I was kind of trying before then so I don't really believe I lost nine pounds in two weeks. I would be happy with 9 lbs in 30 days! My weight loss is usually slow and a lot of times non-existent. It's nice to feel validated for at least trying.

Today is bagel Wednesday at work so the validation will help me refrain from partaking since they make me feel yucky and make me want to eat like a beast all day! For most people, that would be incentive enough... not me, I love bagels, no matter how much they don't love me back.

No news yet on who killed the Lodi Twp. swans but it does appear that the female and one cygnet were shot. They are testing to know for sure. I'm very sad over the loss of the swans but the cruelty that my fellow man can inflict always takes my breath away, no matter if it's at another human or one of the creatures that share this planet. What has happened to kindness? Not just toward animals, but to each other? It just makes me so sad.

  
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CWESTBROOKS 8/5/2009 9:42PM

    Hi Sally,

Thanks for the comment. Good going with the bagels and congrats on being down 9 pounds! I was sad about the swans too. I like going birding at that pond on Parker Rd. Great Water fowl there.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/5/2009 9:34AM

    Yes, I new that it was spelled differently, but all I could think about was the message that someone put on their answering machine that offered (supposedly) several of the various languages of the world.. "... for German, press 9." LOL I love that message.

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SUPERSNAZZ 8/5/2009 9:32AM

    Good for you!

P.S. It's actually "nein". ;-)

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July was a rough month

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I'm glad it's over. I lost my kitty, Henry on the 19th and was so sad. He was the first pet that I ever had die. It was a very hard time.

Then on 7/31, unbeknownst to me, I see my swan family for the last time and don't take time to snap one more pictures because the traffic is too heavy. How long will I regret that decision? My heart aches for the loss of some of God's creatures that brought such joy and happiness to so many. I'd been watching them for nine years. To me, spring in Michigan started the day the swans came back and started preparing for the current year's family. How will I be able to measure Spring 2010?

I went over on my calories yesterday but am thrilled at what a small amount that was. In the past, it would have been off the charts but this time, it was only 100 calories or so over and that was the PNB I splurged on during my morning snack, which I don't normally do.

I hope August will be kinder to my heart. I'm not sure how many more times it can be broken and still recover. Especially so close together.

  
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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:38PM

    It is sad and it hurts a lot when a furbaby passes away ... they become family to us. I know my Matzah is a brat but he is my baby .. I had 2 others for 18 years. I swore I would never get another one and here I am with Matzah ........

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EWESFLUFFY1 8/4/2009 1:26PM

    Sorry to hear of Henry. I've lost pets before & know it's difficult. I also read about the swan family in the news. So sad. I, too, hope August will be kinder to you.

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