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Day 5

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sadly friends I doubt there will be exercise today. I got into sorting my cross stitch "stash" instead. Cross stitch is my passion and once I get into playing with my stash, that's it for the day, it helps keep my sanity, it relaxes me, it helps pass the time and it keeps me busy.
So I'm off to create another piece of art.

  
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CAROL- 10/11/2012 6:28AM

    Sometimes relaxing with things you love to do is every bit as important as grabbing that work out.

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NORASPAT 10/10/2012 9:22PM

    Hi there, bust hands are happy hands and happy hands help happy minds so go to your stash just as often as you like. I hope some day i will see your cross stitch designs. Thanks for the support i truly appreciate your comments. DH and DGS are both doing very much better.

Consequently so am I . HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/10/2012 11:08AM

    My passion is crocheting and I do that all the time. You are right that is helps us keep our sanity. Keep doing what you like to do and you will get your exercise in as well as you feel like it.

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MRSAGAIN2 10/10/2012 9:36AM

    I remember that feeling of fondly and loving my stash.

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ELRIDDICK 10/10/2012 7:53AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Day 4 + Finished Cross Stitch Project!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Today was much better, I did 31 minutes on the treadmill but only did 1.28 miles. Then I did some dumbbell exercises and leg kicks, squats and other assorted moves.

I am most excited about finishing my cross stitch project. I could have stitched it start to finish in a couple of hours but I had other things to do. It's called Frost on the Pumpkin by Just Nan and it's stitched on 30 count Scuppernog linen with DMC floss and Mill Hill beads. (I know that doesn't mean much to most of you, but someone may know what I'm talking about) It has a special frame it fits in but I didn't buy it when I bought the pattern. It's only 2 inches by 2 inches.



Now it's on to my next project and day 5!

  
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WVMEMERE 10/14/2012 1:49PM

    Cute Cross stitch. I'm sure the picture doesn't do it justice & rarely does anyone realize how much time time it takes... Thanks for sharing

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TIGTAZ325 10/10/2012 8:25AM

    I love Just Nan's projects and this one is adorable. You did a nice job on it. I get back into stitching during the winter but just don't seem to do it as much as I used to. I like that it keeps me from snacking but it also keeps me from moving!

Sounds like you had a great workout too! Way to go!


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MRSAGAIN2 10/10/2012 7:13AM

    Great job getting on the treadmill.

Your cross stitch is darling. The stitching jargon still means something to me, although I've not touched my stitching for years.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/9/2012 7:11PM

    Cute project!

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THEEXERCISER 10/9/2012 2:24PM

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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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