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Day 3

Monday, October 08, 2012

I messed up today, I only got 15 minutes on the treadmill but I guess it is better than 0? I did up my pace to 2.9 though but I only got 1/2 mile today and no strength training because I fell asleep.
I got up 2 hours earlier than usual today, I had to find out if my YANKEES won their play off game which they did YAY YAY! I didn't really feel good when I got up, felt kind of sick for a couple hours, maybe that is why I laid down and fell asleep for 2 hours, UGH, that has to stop.

I will make this short because I want to finish my cute pumpkin cross stitch project.

It snowed on top of the mountains back home in New Hampshire. They are calling it "Snowliage" LOLOL, would have loved to be home to see it.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/9/2012 7:11PM

    Every little bit counts!

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HJFOGARTY 10/8/2012 8:09PM

    Robin sounds like you needed the rest and so glad you were happy with the yankees win - take care of you and you did good for day 3 better than I did - lol stay strong my friend! can't wait to see that cross stitch.

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Day 2

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Today was ok, I wasn't able to walk long on my treadmill because I couldn't seem to catch my breath today. That happens some days so now I know what not to have for breakfast.
I did however get down on the floor and do lots of core and lower body exercises and it felt good.

I still went to bed at 12:30 last night but did fall asleep by 1:30 so it's getting better. I woke up at 9:00 again. Gotta start getting up earlier.

For the second day in a row now, we haven't had any water in the mornings, it is getting annoying.

I sat down and did some counted cross stitch today and it felt so very relaxing. Soon I will have another finished project for Fall.

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GAYLLYNNE 10/8/2012 6:46AM

    It's great that you are doing things for yourself. Sorry you couldn't get on the treadmill. I have one too and sometimes I have to push myself to get on it but when I'm done I feel so good. Glad you did core workout, it is always a good thing. So, what project are you working on? I used to cross-stitch years ago!!

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NORASPAT 10/7/2012 9:06PM

    Oh I am happy to heart you are finding your things to do to keep you happy over there. Its good you are doing exercises and ST.
Allergies are the pits, mine kick in around September and it will be like this till first frost. I know you are not as lucky with that first frost.
It's nice you have time for counted cross stitch. I did some sewing projects today, pants for DH and we went shopping at LLBEan, but I prefer to hem them myself, I know I do a better job with my machinery.

Now it is on to Day three, go for it HUGS Pat in Maine.
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Day 1 - trying to start over

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Even though I have been a Spark member for 4 years I have failed so today I am starting once again, not sure how many times this makes but I won't give up.
I started with 17 minutes on the treadmill at only 2.5 miles per hour and only got 0.63 miles, not far and piss poor timing. then I did several dumbbell exercises, probably not enough to do any good but I guess I have to start (re-start) somewhere. Hopefully I will get better and stronger and lose a couple of pounds and inches.
As far as my weight goes, I have no clue, last week I was at my home in the USA and weighed 158lbs, this week I am back in hell (Saudi Arabia for 9 months) and the scale read 155.5 but I feel miserable, I feel like I've gained weight and I feel bloated. Bleah!

So yes, I am back in hell until the end of May, 230+ days to go. It is 108 or hotter, so humid that the windows are fogged up in the mornings. I am cranky and miserable but did manage to get my bags unpacked and put away. I still can't sleep the right hours, I go to bed at 12:30AM, lay there tossing and turning for 2-3 hours, wake up around 8:30AM but still feel exhausted and want to take a nap. My eating is ok, there isn't any junk food here or any that I care to eat because it's nasty and local crap.
Yes I could stay back in my cozy home in New Hampshire, alone-not being able to see my husband except for 4 weeks a year, running up heating bills, electricity bills, car costs, grocery bills etc or I can sit here. Which would you choose? Run 2 full households year round, not see your spouse/partner for almost a year, freeze in winter or suffer? Hmmmm, save money or be miserable, I'm opting for saving money, staying warm, being able to cuddle with my husband, cuddle my kitties.

Oh well, time to settle in for the evening.

I know I will make it this time!
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NORASPAT 10/6/2012 10:05PM

    Sorry it is the way it is, you will have to try to make the most of it. You can do it with the help of your Spark fiends.
You can continue to Blog once you are over the miserable jet lag and chat with some of us.
You know what you have to do and you know how to do it.
You can tell us how it is for you over there and we will listen. We will also look out for your exercise minutes so keep at it. It will get better minute by minute and each day you will be able to do more. Do you have access to a treadmill so you can walk indoors, I sure hope so with what you have outside.
You can get through this with our help, it will help me to get through the Maine winter. I would love to go to somewhere warm but my DH is always too hot. I too need to cuddle and poor DH wants few covers and I want an electric blanket.
Let me know when you are over the jet lag and you can do 10 minutes a day till then.
HUGS Pat in Maine. Pouring with rain but I did get my leaf peeping trip today.
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Met a new Spark friend but it's time to leave

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday I got to meet a couple new Spark Friends in Maine. I have been talking with Pat for several months and it seemed like it was one thing or another that kept us from getting together but Wednesday we finally got to meet. I had a wonderful afternoon chatting and getting to know Pat and CHAIRUL. I can't wait to be able to get together with them next summer.

Once again it is time for me to park my car, lock my front door, grab my suitcases and head back overseas until next May. Another 11 1/2 hour non-stop flight across 8 time zones then a week of jet lag. It was a short but busy summer, didn't get to do some things I wanted to but it seems like that happens too often lately. I didn't exercise enough, ate stuff I shouldn't have, didn't give enough hugs and kisses to kids and grandkids.
For those that don't know me, I have been doing this for 20+ years now so it's nothing new for me, it just gets harder every year.
Once I get back overseas I can concentrate on exercise and eating healthier because the temptations of alcohol, pork and most sweets won't be available in stores and I won't have much else to do. On the positive side, I'll get to hug and cuddle my 2 furbabies again.

May seems like a long ways away at this point....................

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DIANNEYME 9/28/2012 11:41AM

    Next summer we should meet in person too! It seems that every time you are here I am in MA. Don't you think it would be great to go to some sports bar here and watch a Yankees-Red Sox game together? emoticon

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NORASPAT 9/28/2012 9:22AM

    Stay safe, next year we will be able to do more together. We both left it too long to physically meet but so far we are a pretty good match. Thanks I will still be sparking with you just as before , except now we know one another just a little better HUGS. Safe journey, Pat in Maine.

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We could make a goal 10 pounds down when we meet again. Are you in !!!!!
You can be my extra motivation from afar. Pat((((HUGS)))))

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AJB121299 9/28/2012 7:53AM

    safe travels

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4 years with the Spark family

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Just another boring, blah blog, one of these days I'll get it together and write an awe inspiring story.

The summer is going by so fast, I can't believe it's August already, my vacation is almost over :(

My husband came home for his vacation last week and we have been busy ever since. Right now, we are re-arranging things around the house and doing sight-seeing.

I've been on SparkPeople for 4 years now, originally lost 20 lbs but gained it back plus. I won't give up and I will keep doing my best. My biggest problem is motivation and the lack of it.

Time to get up and go to the gym

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    Happy sparkversary!! I have been here a while too and gained part of my weight back but I'm not quitting either. I have just begun to fight. LOL.

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EBPOOKIE 8/9/2012 4:08PM

    Happy Anniverary and i know you will do and have much success!!

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/8/2012 8:21PM

    Congratulations on "4"!!!!! Motivation has always been a problem with me, especially after an injury. At least you recognize what is holding you back. And that is half the battle. Keep trying, keep blogging, keep tracking, and above all, keep moving! I wish you success as you continue on your journey to better health.

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NORASPAT 8/8/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon on four years with Spark people -WAY TO GO!!!
I am glad you are doing some sight seeing. Now the grands are back home we are too. Bar harbor was great. Walked the rail trail 4 miles. I find walking is my very best exercise. I have to restart using my resistance bands for Strength.
You are so right. T waited for you to get home and now you are almost ready to go back. e are off to the Coastal maine botanical gardens tomorrow and to Bangor Gardens on Friday, Saturday a concert and Sunday is the FORT WESTERN re-enactment. Woo Hoo this is living in the fast lane all of a sudden i love it. Wish we had time to meet. Pat in Augusta

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NBARNES 8/8/2012 2:53PM

    Hey, get off your duff and go to the gym!!!

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Hang in there and keep at it. The way to change your life is one step at a time, but to just keep stepping. Sometimes we go down the wrong path, but the key here is to just keep plugging away.

Wishing you much success!!!

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